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Want A Job? Hand Over Your E-Mail Login

If you're planning to apply for a job with the city of Bozeman, Montana, be prepared to hand over much more than your references and résumé...

An attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group based in San Francisco, questioned Bozeman's choice to ask for usernames and passwords.

"I think its indefensibly invasive and likely illegal as a violation of
the First Amendment rights of job applicants," said Kevin Bankston, an EFF attorney. "Essentially they're conditioning your application for employment on your waiving your First Amendment rights ... and risking the security of your information by requiring you to share your password with them... Where does it stop? How about a photocopy of your diary?"

Thursday, June 18, 2009
CBSNews.com

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