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.
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Update: Ars Technica has more on this story.
Update 2: The City of Bozeman has rescinded its policy in light of the public backlash.