The Watervliet, N.Y., Police Department is asking pistol permit applicants for access to their Facebook accounts.
Watervliet, NY Asks Pistol Permit Applicants for Facebook Passwords. http://t.co/AVNzKC5YC2 #gunsense #2a #nra pic.twitter.com/W5NrLK008FThe department recently sent an applicant a form which asked for his Facebook username and password, and after the applicant complained, the department claimed the form was sent to him by mistake and was only used during face-to-face interviews when the department asks applicants for access to their Facebook accounts.
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“It is… a common practice to view social media as a means to identify and determine character of a pistol permit applicant, in addition to other investigatory methods,” the department’s spokesperson told the applicant. “Typically all we ask is that an applicant access their account during an interview.”
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