Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Maryland corrections department requires Facebook logins from applicants for BI purposes

The ACLU is reporting a case where a job applicant was required to give an employer a Facebook login as part of a background investigation. The employer was the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections which wants to look at “private areas” of social media for evidence of criminal activity as part of a background investigation for a returning employee.

The story appeared on NBC Washington here.  

It’s becoming more common for employers to do BI’s on social media, but run into problems with inaccurate information posted by others or with identifying wrong people.  Social media were not developed with the intention of making intrusive investigations easier.

Here’s a copy of the letter from the ACLU to the state department of corrections. 


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