Want a job? Hand over your Facebook password – SciTechBlog – CNN.com Blogs

How would you like to apply for a job and have your prospective employer ask for the usernames and passwords for all your social-networking accounts?

Thats whats happened to applicants for jobs with the city of Bozeman, Montana, who were surprised to discover they needed more than a work history and references.

“Please list any and all, current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc.,” reads a background-check waiver form that applicants had to sign. Theres no mention of Twitter. The form then contains three lines where applicants are to list their logins and passwords.

via Want a job? Hand over your Facebook password – SciTechBlog – CNN.com Blogs.

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School board changes policy with no official public input

School board changes policy with no official public input.

New members of the Frederick County Board of Education believe they did a good thing last week when they addressed an ongoing concern for some parents and amended the drug and alcohol policy for student athletes.

The school board limited the student-athlete alcohol policy to cover only what happens on school grounds and during school time.

 

Why Facebook wants your phone number – CNN.com

Facebook wants your address and mobile phone number.

But it’s not sure exactly how to ask.

It’s a complicated digital courtship, particularly because Facebook doesn’t just want this data for itself — it wants to “share” this info with all of its friends, which in this case happens to be app developers (think FarmVille, Compare People and Where I’ve Been — all that non-Facebook stuff that pops up in your news feed).

via Why Facebook wants your phone number – CNN.com.

Unboxed – Rewarding Consumers for Providing Personal Data – NYTimes.com

Unboxed – Rewarding Consumers for Providing Personal Data – NYTimes.com.

LIFE, as they say, imitates art. And the way things work commercially today across much of the Web recalls that chapter in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” where Tom cajoles his guileless friends into whitewashing Aunt Polly’s fence. They supply the labor, but he gets the reward.

FT.com / Technology – Face recognition software gaining broader canvas

Google has put the launch of controversial facial recognition technology under review after mounting criticism this week over its handling of privacy issues. But even one of the world’s most influential internet companies is unlikely to hold back the tide as other powerful tools for searching and identifying people are about to hit the market from other sources.

via FT.com / Technology – Face recognition software gaining broader canvas.