The city of Bozeman, Montana, had a policy requiring that job applicants hand over their passwords to social networking sites. The recent uproar over the privacy-invasive policy has caused an about-face (pdf) by the city, CNet News reports:
The city of Bozeman, Mont., has rescinded its long-standing policy that job applicants provide user names and passwords to social-networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. […]
The city stopped the practice as of midday Friday, until it “conducts a more comprehensive evaluation of the practice,” the release said.
Bozeman, which is about 100 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, found itself in the international spotlight this week when the local media reported that the city government’s background check included evaluating job candidates’ suitability based on their social-networking site postings. The city had been doing so for a few years.
The background check form stated: “Please list any and all current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc.”