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Employee Asked to Provide Facebook Password

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

February 24, 2011

The Baltimore Sun reports on a Maryland corrections officer's complaint to the American Civil Liberties Union after he was asked to provide details about his Facebook page to employers. The man says that after taking a leave of absence and then reapplying for his job, the state Division of Corrections asked him to provide his Facebook password and then watch as his employers surveyed his personal page and postings. The Division of Corrections has suspended the practice for 45 days "so it can be studied further," a spokesman said, adding that it's in place to ensure employees aren't affiliated with gangs.
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