ACLU Decries New Md. Prison Jobseeker Rules

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union says Maryland’s prison agency may be invading the privacy of Facebook users by asking prospective correctional officers to let background investigators view their personal websites.

The ACLU is responding to revisions announced Wednesday in prison hiring practices.

The state says it will no longer ask prospective employees to voluntarily divulge login information for their social media accounts. Instead, applicants will be asked to voluntarily log in so that investigators can review the sites.

The ACLU says applicants will feel coerced to comply even though the prison agency says compliance is not a condition of employment.

The group also says the practice may violate Facebook policies designed to protect the privacy of those who have “friended” the job applicants.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Ex-Baltimore says:

    Big brother at it again! What’s next? They get to “sample” a man’s newlywed bride like Caligula loved to do?

  2. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    INSTEAD WHY DON’T THEY DO A BACKROUND CHECK AND SEE HOW MANY FELONIES THEY HAVE ON THEIR RECORD. THAT WOULD BE A START. THIS IS AN INVASION OF ONE’S PRIVACY AND UNCONSITUTIONAL . ONE SHOULD NOT BE JUDGED.

  3. ha ha says:

    ok, so, Joe Schmoe sets up a dummy Facebook page or says he doesn’t have one. done and done. by the way, addressing the comment about background checks… do ya think they don’t do background checks? do ya think there might be a few crooked people out there who just haven’t yet been caught? and by the way, your all-caps just makes you sound clueless AND loud…. see the’re just meant for emphasis, nout shouting… if you were actually shouting and not just over emphacizing every word of your comment…it’s hard to tell when people use all caps… just sayin’.

  4. FEDUPWITHITALL says:

    HE PAUL ???HAT DOES ONE’S CRIMINAL RECORD HAVE TO DO WITH NEEDING A JOB ?? WOULD YOU RATHER A REFORMED PERSON WORK AND PAY TAXES OR ROB YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TO MAKE ENDS MEAT…WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE DUDE.

  5. Ex-Baltimore says:

    I hate when people go off topic to criticize people’s writing styles and misspelled words and such. Who cares! Just as long as the person’s point of view gets expressed. Not everyone had the opportunity of a top not public or private education, but everyone has a right to express his or her opinion no matter how well they say what they have to say. Anyway, I again say that this is just another example of Maryland’s big brother minded government intruding into our lives again and this time violating the 4th Amendment with such as instrusion as looking into our Facebook pages. Let them do this and they will soon be bugging or phones to before they give us a job.

  6. ha ha says:

    thanks for staying on topic.😉

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