The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

Taking Invasion of Privacy to the Next Level…

I am almost at a loss for words, but might be able to find a few choice ones for the city of Bozeman, Montana.  It is known that employers can check out the web for information about you and there is even an industry that will help you spruce up your online presence.

Okay, public info is public.  Fair enough.  But Bozeman now wants to not only see your private profiles on sites like facebook and Myspace, but for you to GIVE THEM YOUR PASSWORDS to “any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo,, MySpace, etc.” (and I bet they want your Adult Friend Finder and eHarmony accounts also!)

That does not just give them access to my info, but the info of all my friends as well.

Just don’t tell them?  Say you don’t have an account?  Well, lying on a job app is a firable offense.

And you are in a Catch 22 since it is against the Terms of Service of many sites to divulge your password to others!  They say they are trying to judge your character by asking you to break the a contract with a social networking site…but if you don’t tell them, you are breaking law!  WTF?!?

And of course many of these sites have associated email accounts and calendars with them.  Giving out your password potentially lets people read all your old emails, doctor appointments, vacations, hot dates, etc.

I thought it was bad when employers wanted to start doing credit checks…better throw away your diary…they might want to take a look at that as well!

I don’t delve into politics too often here, but this is a practice that needs to be stopped before it goes any farther!


June 19, 2009 - Posted by | Technology


  1. how can I subscribe to or mark your blog so that I can continue following it? I’m new here on WordPress, and I haven’t figured that part out yet. I’d definitely like to come back and read your future posts.

    Comment by Caro Belmares | July 8, 2009 | Reply

    • I will have to do a little work to make that obvious as you are not the first person to ask. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Entries (RSS)” link. That should do the trick and let you pick which reader you want to use.

      Comment by halfastro | July 8, 2009 | Reply

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