by Mike Masnick
Wed, Mar 9th 2011 9:37am
We recently covered a legal battle in Maryland over demands of a government agency to a prospective employee to hand over his social media usernames and passwords for a background check. Apparently the NDP political party in British Columbia thinks that all candidates running for the leadership must also hand over their passwords to all social media accounts. This came out when one of the politicians, Nicholas Simons, refused to hand over that info. He pointed out that it clearly violated his privacy, as well as the privacy of all of his friends/family on Facebook. Eventually, the party backed down and said Simons didn't have to hand over the passwords, but the Privacy Commissioner in BC has already begun an investigation into whether or not the request itself violated the law. Whether or not it violated the law, it's difficult to think of why the party would think this is a reasonable idea.
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