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Are Social Networking Sites a Constitutional Source of Background Information for Employment Purposes?


An anonymous visitor wrote:
I found this issue to be quite interesting for a number of reasons. First, as someone who does limited hiring, it is good to know what boundaries I must abide by with regard to social networking sites. Secondly, as a facebook user, I am extremely cautious about what I post and who I allow to friend me. This analysis further supports my hesitancy to post a lot of personal information, especially pictures (not that I'm a partier).

I just wonder how many employers see information that would not typically enter into their hiring decision but ultimately taints their view of a prospective employee. I guess it behooves a job applicant to clean up their social networking site PRIOR to applying for jobs.

Shirley wrote:
Obviouxly, it is difficult to stop personal information from being researched on the web. Social networking on the internet is pretty much fair game, just as if you had posted this information on a sign in front of your house. Anyone who happens to drive by your house, has access to this information, just as employers have the right to public information regarding job applicants. Making an internet search illegal when the public has access to this information is fruitless, unless they are required to identify themselves before being allowed to enter a site. And, if so, this makes the information personal, and none of their business, unless they are invited. If companies try to get past this by hiring outside contractors who misrepresent their motive and or falsify their identity, then the company should be held legally responsible. But, going back to the origin of argument, that Title Seven was violated, this was already something hard to prove. Unfortunately, damage is not always done just to job applicants, it can also hurt employers or a business. The internet has just made information harder to hide, and violations easier, and harder to prove, especially since companies that used to get fifty applicants for a job, now often get hundreds via the internet.

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