An Open Letter to the Dallas TSA

Today I’m flying back to Boston from Dallas.  As a matter of fact, as I write this I’m on the plane and we’re heading from the gate to the runway.  I was surprised on my way down here how dramatic my process with the TSA wasn’t.  The TSA is pretty much my nightmare of a government agency.

Today, when I went to my screening to leave Dallas, I lived my nightmare.

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When good causes go awry

Good people make mistakes.  It happens.  No one is perfect.  How we acknowledge those mistakes, and how we try to make amends, that is what’s critical to getting along with everyone, especially those who are harmed by our mistakes.  It makes a world of difference whether we recognize the harm we sometimes do as individuals, as organizations, and even as nations.

And that is why it truly pains me to see groups that I believe in make bad, even horrible mistakes, and then fail to do the right thing afterward.  It is just heartbreaking.  And lately it seems like it is one after another.

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Looks like Congress is getting involved now

That bit we talked about earlier where employers were asking job applicants for their passwords to their personal e-mail and social media accounts?  It looks like it has gotten the attention of a few Senators, and they are not happy.  Some state legislatures  (California, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey for starters)  are also working on laws to prevent this sort of thing.  So now it appears that a great national debate is in the making, and I welcome it.  Personally, I find nothing wrong with Googling potential employees, but asking for passwords seems to cross a line, legally and ethically.  In my mind, it is similar to the difference between doing a credit check of a potential employee and asking for that applicant’s ATM card and pin.  One seeks information that is clearly in the public domain, and the other clearly is asking for something that is not.

-Geoff

Why we don’t have Facebook- part the second

Or Twitter for that matter.

This popped up on Boston.com today and horrified us both.  This is why we have an open and public blog.  If you want to know anything about us it is right here.

Job seekers getting asked for Facebook passwords

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