Md. Agency Reviews Policy On Facebook Prying

Law360, New York (February 24, 2011, 6:25 PM EST) -- A Maryland state government agency has temporarily suspended its practice of requesting social media passwords from prospective employees, following the American Civil Liberties Union's warning that the request could constitute an illegal invasion of privacy.

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said in a letter to the ACLU of Maryland on Tuesday that it would stop requesting social media information from applicants for 45 days while it evaluates the practice.

The ACLU had raised a question that department Secretary Gary Maynard felt "compelled...
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