Jun 192009
 
 June 19, 2009  Posted by  Govt, Online, U.S., Workplace

I’ve long since given up trying to understand things like who thought up Pet Rocks or why people eat sweetbreads. I’m pretty sure, though, something I read today will have me scratching my head for a long time to come.

ReadWriteWeb is reporting that applicants for jobs with the City of Bozeman, Montana, are expected to provide information about any social networking sites they’re a part of, complete with passwords. Let me say right off the bat that I understand new pre-employment policies that request pointers to a personal Web site, Facebook or MySpace page. Personally, I think teasing out information from the vast Internet about prospective employees ought to be the responsibility of Human Resources, but I can also argue that it’s more efficient to just ask people to provide it. But passwords? You have to be kidding me.

Read more on Computerworld.

(image credit: David Stybr)

Update: Ars Technica has more on this story.

Update 2: The City of Bozeman has rescinded its policy in light of the public backlash.

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