Interesting Article on Background Checks and Social Networking Sites
January 9, 2008
Thought you might enjoy this article on the use of Social Networking sites in the background screening process entitled “More Firms Screen Social Sites“. As most of you know, I am highly opposed to this practice and think this article does a nice job at framing the issue. I also found it refreshing to see that some universities offer guidance on what is appropriate content for posting. Lastly, I agree with this take offered by Human Resources Executive.
Screening candidates using these social networking sites may seem like a good idea, but companies who engage in the practice could be opening themselves up to potential violations of personal privacy and equal protection laws, according to the magazine Human Resources Executive.