The Maryland Department of Corrections’ Facebook-password policy for job applicants has been suspended following the negative publicity resulting from an ACLU blog post in opposition to the practice. Maryland Public Safety Secretary Gary Maynard notified the ACLU that he had suspended the social-media password requirement for 45 days pending a review of the policy.
I can’t say that I’m surprised. Requesting an employee’s or job applicant’s social-networking password is a bad idea. Period. Just ask city officials in Bozeman, Montana.