Sunday, January 3, 2010

Privacy? What privacy?

 This post was transferred on January 3, 2010. It was originally posted on July 29, 2009.

The coach violated the cheerleaders' privacy by logging into their accounts. She also violated Facebook's terms of service. (Under Safety, No. 4 is You will not solicit login information or access an account belonging to someone else.)

The cheerleaders violated Facebook's terms of service by giving their passwords to the coach. (No. 6 under Registration and Account Security: You will not share your password, let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account.) But, the coach is in a position of power in relation to the cheerleaders. They might have felt they had no choice.

Just last month, there was a huge uproar over the request by the city of Bozeman, Montana, for job applicants to turn over their usernames and passwords for any site they access. It came down to people protesting that is an invasion of privacy, and the city has backed off.

Viewing people's Facebook profiles is one thing. Using their passwords to check their private communication is wrong.

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