Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Human resources professionals have rejected job applicants based on what they found online. We’ve told you that. Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission gave a thumbs up to a company, Social Intelligence Corp., selling a new kind of employee background check to employers. This one scours the Internet for your embarrassing posts and pictures.

On the upside, Social Intelligence has to make sure its clients inform job applicants if they took adverse action based on something found on the Internet. That way you can delete and change privacy settings accordingly. But, really, why wait?

Today, June 30, is World Social Media Day.

Related All Consuming posts:

Privacy in the era of social media

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