(NBC) -- A Maryland man is speaking out against an unusual request from his employer.
He says he was getting re-certified for a job with the Maryland
Department of Public Safety and Corrections when the interviewer
demanded his Facebook password and full access to his account.
Robert Collins says it's an invasion of privacy.
After taking a leave of absence as an employee of the Maryland
Department of Corrections when his mother died in 2009, Collins applied
for a job at another facility.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland sent a letter to the
Department of Corrections regarding the blanket requirement that
applicants provide their social medial account user names and personal
The letter says neither Mr. Collins nor his Facebook friends deserve
to have government snooping about their private electronic
The Department of Corrections issued a statement saying an applicant is asked if they are active users of social media.
If so the department only asks if an applicant would provide this information...it is done so voluntarily.
Officer Collins didn't feel it was voluntary in his case.
"He logged into my account, he logged into my account and went
through my pages, my posts, my messages, all my pictures, things like
that," Collins said.
Collins is going back to work for the Corrections Department, but he
says he would like it to rescind its policy of asking candidates for
personal social media login information.
The Department of Corrections now says it is suspending the process
of asking for social media information for 45 days to review the
procedure and make sure it is being used consistently and appropriately.