Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Update On Maryland's Division of Corrections Demands Applicants Provide Facebook Usernames and Passwords During Interviews

Maryland's Division of Corrections (DOC) has suspended its policy that requested applicants "voluntarily" provide their Facebook user name and password as part of a background check. According to the Washington Post, the policy was approximately a year old.

For the overwhelming majority of jobs in the public and private sector employers should not request/demand an applicant's and/or employee's social media user names and/or passwords. Therefore, I would generally advise against management and/or a union asking their employees and/or applicants and/or members to provide their personal social media account user names and/or passwords.

To learn more about the legal ramifications of social media policies you may contact me at www.shearlaw.com.

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