Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Maryland Blinks, Suspends Facebook Password Policy

The ink wasn't even dry on yesterday's post regarding the policy of Maryland's corrections department requiring interviewees to give their Facebook user name and password when word came that the department was suspending the policy for 45 days.  In a just-released letter to the ACLU, corrections officials acknowledged that they received hundreds of e-mails from across the country questioning the lawfulness of the policy on various grounds, so they'll take a few weeks to catch their breath and figure out what to do next.

As the state official pointed out, this is a newly emerging area of the law, so don't be surprised if it continues to attract attention in a variety of industries and contexts.

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