Employers face fines for social media snooping

Employers who search out the social media profiles of jobseekers and employees have been warned that they are breaking data protection laws. The Information Commissioner’s Office and other national data watchdogs have declared that excessive monitoring of job applicants and employees on Facebook and Twitter could fall foul of privacy rules that limit how companies may process personal information. Regulators say any data collected must also be “relevant to the performance of the job”. According to the recruitment website CareerBuilder, 70% of employers use social media to check candidates, up from just 11% in 2006.

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Posted 14/07/2017