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Bozeman apologizes, backs down over Facebook login request

June 26th, 2009, 09:06 am admin Leave a comment Go to comments

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The city of Bozeman, Montana has decided to back off on its requirement that job applicants hand over their logins and passwords for every social network they belong to. The city announced in a meeting (PDF) on Monday that it had suspended the practice as of Friday, June 19 and that it would update its hiring procedures within 30 days to determine a more appropriate level of screening for employees.

Bozeman made headlines last week when the media discovered the city’s curious background check procedures, which involved handing over logins to sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and more. City employees would then be able to dig through any information applicants have put online, regardless of whether it’s accessible to the public. Needless to say, such a request caused an explosion of outrage, not only among Bozeman residents, but on the Internet in general.

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