Roger Collins, a corrections officer in Baltimore, had to hand over his Facebook password as part of a re-hiring process, which the ACLU is now investigating invasion of privacy issues.
Roger Collins told investigators he took 4 months off from his job after his mother died, and when he went to be re-hired, the interviewer asked for his password to review his personal information and postings while he watched.
Collins agreed and handed over the password for fear of losing his job.
Gary D. Maynard, secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, says they like to review social media activity to make sure gangs are not infiltrating prisons.
The office stated it has suspended the practice for 45 days for investigative studies into the matter.
Deborah Jeon, of the ACLU says:
“A policy that requires employees and job applicants to give the government log-ins and passwords constitutes an invasion of privacy both for the employee and for his or her friends who are also having their privacy compromised by this,” said Jeon.
Jeon says it has taken the secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services almost four weeks to respond to the ACLU’s complaint.