Feeding the privacy panic

This is the sort of thing that ends up hurting the cause of open government and open records.

In their efforts to vet applicants, some companies and government agencies are going beyond merely glancing at a person’s social networking profiles and instead asking to log in as the user to have a look around.

Perfectly upright people take offense to this kind of privacy invasion, and understandably so. Regrettably, it contributes to a mindset that every last scrap of personal information should be locked down, even personal information that the public has a right to know. It feeds a privacy panic that, when carried too far, undermines open government.

via Potential employers ask applicants for Facebook passwords | The Coloradoan | coloradoan.com.

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