ACLU Calls Background Checks Asking for Social Network Passwords of Job Applicants Illegal Invasion of Privacy

Should employers be allowed to ask job applicants for the logins and passwords to their social network site profiles such as Facebook as part of employment background checks? The answer to this question may involve the next frontier of online privacy, suggests the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), after the Maryland Department of Corrections (DOC) asked a …

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Employers Firing Employees over Information Found on Popular Social Media Sites Face Legal Risks

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor A recent article on the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) website – ‘Employers Tread a Minefield’ – warns employers about “tripping over legal potholes in social media” if they choose to fire people over alleged social media infractions as more employees and job applicants access popular social …

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Senator Sends Letters to Social Networking Sites Facebook and MySpace after Wall Street Journal Reports Privacy Breach

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, has sent letters to the heads of two popular social networking sites – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and MySpace President Michael Jones – requesting more information about privacy breaches recently reported in …

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Background Check Expert Lester Rosen Presents Webinar on How Social Media Use During Employment Screening Can Trigger Privacy Lawsuits

By Les Rosen, Employment Screening Resources Lester Rosen, President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading international employment screening background check firm headquartered in the San Francisco area, will present a national webinar for a leading business information site on employment screening on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST. …

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Lawsuits for use of Social Networking Sites for background Checks

By Les Rosen, Employment Screening Resources 2010 Trends in Screening — Trend Five:  Lawsuits for Use of Social Networking Sites for Background Checks In past posts, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) has labeled the use of the internet and social networking sites as a hot topic.  In 2010 and onwards, it appears very likely that litigation over …

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Social Media Policy Tips

Guest blog:  ESR invites partners to provide guest blogs. The following is an articles on Social Medial Policy Tips:  As Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and other such sites become more ingrained in our daily lives and habits, employers are scrambling to incorporate guidelines for responsible social media use into company policy manuals. But do …

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Background Check Expert Lester Rosen to Present at Seattle Conference on Social Networking sites

Employment Screening Resources  a leading international employment screening background checking firm headquartered in the San Francisco area, announced that its president, Lester Rosen, will be presenting before the prestigious Staffing Management Association (SMA) of Seattle on September 16, 2009.  SMA’s mission is to present practical and relevant information by bringing in top-notch recruiting and retention …

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The Rush to Source Candidates from Internet and Social Networking Sites

The following article by ESR President Lester Rosen first appeared on www.recruitingtrends.com The Rush to Source Candidates from Internet and Social Networking Sites — Let’s Slow Down and Think About This for a Minute No discussion on recruiting these days is complete without an analysis of how the Internet is used for sourcing candidates.  From social …

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The Rush to Source Candidates from Internet and Social Networking Sites

A new article by Employment Screening Resources President Lester Rosen has appeared in the Recruiting  Trends blog, sponsored by Kennedy Information for the purpose of providing leading edge insights and strategies for the recruiting professional.  The blog offers articles by thought leaders and experts in the area of talent management and recruiting. The article is …

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Has Bozeman, Montana Gone To Far? Requiring Access to Social Network Sites Can Open up a Pandora's Box of Legal Issues

According to a story published online by the Christian Science Monitor, the City of Bozeman, Montana has “requested that candidates provide their username and passwords for social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. The application asks that candidates “list any and all current personal or business Web sites, web pages, or memberships on …

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