Home » In Other News

Bozeman Wants Your Online Identity

Posted 19 Jun 2009 | Comments Off on Bozeman Wants Your Online Identity | 1,415 views

The City of Bozeman, MT want to know about your online identity when you apply for a job.  Not only that, they want your online identity.  The Consent and Release to Conduct a Criminal Background Check form states that applicants must submit usernames and passwords for websites such as Google and Yahoo. The request was for “any and all current personal or business Web sites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums”. This gives any Bozeman goverment employee with access to that information the ability to not only access and read information behind the login screen, but also the ability to impersonate and steal that online identity. Besides the fact that it’s completely common sense not to give out account passwords, it also violates the Terms of Service for most sites to share your password. This is causing quite a stir among privacy-conscious netizens. At the time of this writing, the Bozeman website is suffering from the Slashdot effect with many readers attempting to view the form. Many mainstream news outlets are also starting to pick up on the story.

Comments are closed.