Fedweek

The government will not request or require individuals to provide passwords or log into private accounts, turn over private emails, or otherwise disclose social media information not publicly available, under the policy, announced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Those restrictions were designed to address privacy concerns, as were other provisions such as promises: not to retain information on the individual not pertinent to clearance eligibility; that the government will stick to traditional standards for eligibility and not also include, for example, information turned up about political contributions; that agencies will not create social media accounts or use existing ones for the purpose of connecting to the individual; that no unfavorable personnel actions will be taken based only on uncorroborated information collected in such searches; and that information turned up in those searches on other persons will not be pursued unless a national security or criminal concern is involved. However, at the hearing a variety of concerns were raised nonetheless, including how long the government would keep the raw information turned up in a search, the need for a human role in distinguishing between people with the same name, and the potential cost, which was estimated as high as $500 per search.