Since then, the Maryland DoC has modified the policy. Instead of giving them your username and password, you login and browse through posts, while they look over your shoulder, in what has been dubbed "shoulder surfing." This is hardly better.
It's not a practice that is isolated to law enforcement and other agencies where you might expect them to be more careful about potential employees. Justin Basset, a New York City statistician, recently withdrew his application with a company that, at the end of the interview, asked him for his Facebook username and password because he had locked down his Facebook privacy settings.
The ACLU, which interceded after Collins' report, has written a blog post in response to the new reports. ACLU attorney Catherine Crump said:
Both Maryland and Illinois are considering laws banning employers from asking for access to candidate's social profiles. However, the laws would only cover public agencies. Meanwhile, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Wednesday said that he's writing a federal bill to ban the practice.
Some employers ask for applicants to voluntarily give up either their passwords or allow shoulder surfing. As Blumenthal noted, however, "The coercive element of the request, really makes it less than voluntary."