“After 9/11, we have a culture where some people think it’s OK for the government to be this involved in our lives, that it’s OK to turn everything over to the government. But it’s not.”—
Bradley Shear is a Washington D.C.-lawyer who says both schools and employers are violating the First Amendment with their demands for access to otherwise private social media content. He’s quoted in this alarming piece detailing the unsavory practice: Government agencies, colleges demand applicants’ Facebook passwords. As the writer Bob Sullivan puts it:
If you think privacy settings on your Facebook and Twitter accounts guarantee future employers or schools can’t see your private posts, guess again.
Employers and colleges find the treasure-trove of personal information hiding behind password-protected accounts and privacy walls just too tempting, and some are demanding full access from job applicants and student athletes.
Gross. Or, as Mayo Clinic’s Adam Dole put it to me via Twitter: “Wow…why don’t they just go all in and ask for personal bank account & healthcare records while they are at it?” Why indeed.