Two stories from The Register caught my eye Friday, largely because they both addressed Facebook and privacy issues. First, it was this gem of a headline, "U.S. city demands FaceSpaceGooHoo log-ins from job seekers." What?
It turns out the city of Bozeman, Mont., is requiring applicants for city jobs to disclose their passwords for Facebook, MySpace, Google, Yahoo, YouTube and other similar social networking sites before they will be considered. City attorney Greg Sullivan explains, "We have positions ranging from fire and police...all the way down to the lifeguards and the folks that work in city hall here. So we do those types of investigations to make sure the people that we hire have the highest moral character and are a good fit."
Facebook is reportedly reaching out to the city to discuss the requirement, which the social networking site finds inappropriate and unacceptable.
On the other side of the pond, Facebook could soon be fighting other privacy issues. Register writer John Oates reports:
European regulators are considering sweeping reform of data regulations to prevent social networks from over-exploiting the private data of their users. Changes would extend data protection rules to third party application developers which use social networking profile data to function.
The changes have not yet been enacted, but are proposed in a report from European data protection regulators.