Job Candidates Made to Submit Facebook Pages for Background Checks

Applicants with social networking profiles on sites like Facebook and MySpace had better do a bit of self-censorship if they hope to get a job with one city government in Montana.  internet computer monitor lock privacy monitoring

All applicants for employment in Bozeman City, Montana are asked to submit a list of 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,, MySpace, etc.”

Applicants are then asked to list the web site, their user name, and log-in information and their passwords

For those individuals who feel as if their privacy has been invaded by an employer who surfs the web for the “scoop” on potential employees, this must seem like an outrageous intrusion! If there was a balance between what employers should seek to learn about what candidates do in their off-duty time, that balance is all but evaporated for employees in Bozeman City. 

[via Boing Boing]

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