ID Connections

Think twice before conducting a social media background check

Published by Julia Salerno, April 30, 2012.

Given all the potential sources of information on social media sites, it isn’t surprising employers are searching these as part of their background checks on prospective employees and volunteers. Many employers assume when someone posts information online, they tacitly consent to the use of that information by prospective employers when making hiring decisions. Unfortunately, that assumption isn’t correct and companies can get themselves into hot water as a result.

The offices of the Information and Privacy Commissioners in B.C. and Alberta have recently published guidelines on employers’ use of social media in background checks. The guidelines start from the premise that just because someone publishes information online, it does not mean they consent to the use of that information for background checks. Read the full article.

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