The situation is reminiscent of the debate ignited in 2012 over the growing pressure felt by job applicants to hand over their social media passwords to prospective employers. Such investigative subtlety would have no doubt made Philip Marlowe wince (“I don’t mind if you don’t like my manners. I don’t like ‘em myself – they’re pretty bad.”). David Maass of the Electronic Frontier Foundation) outlined this year why he believes such a practice constitutes a flagrant violation of personal privacy, saying:
When an employer asks for access to [applicants’] social media, it’s essentially the same as if an employer asked for full access to their house … poking through their mail, looking in their drawers, sitting in on conversations at the dinner table.