Popular Online Dating Site Settles Lawsuit by Pledging to Background Check Members for Sex Offenders

Match.com has settled a lawsuit with a woman who sued the popular online dating site after she was raped by a fellow member she was linked up with for a date by pledging to perform background checks on all current and future members in order to screen out sex offenders, the Los Angeles Times reports. The woman’s assailant – …

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Part 3 of 2011 ESR Background Check Trends Review: Social Network Checks and International Screening

The third of five installments of the Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Background Check Trends of 2011 Review features the number six trend, using social network sites for screening, and the number five ranked background check trend of the year, international background screening. The see previous installments of the ESR Background Check Trends of 2011 Review, …

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FTC Verifies Internet Background Checks from Consumer Reporting Agencies Subject to Rules of Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Internet has recently buzzed with stories about how the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has given the official “OK” for Internet background checks of job applicants that would include up to seven years of information from social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter that are in compliance with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act …

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Lawsuit against Online Dating Service Calling for Background Checks of Users Goes to Trial Next Week

The President of popular online dating service Match.com will appear in a Los Angeles court next week to testify in the case of a woman who suffered an alleged sexual assault by a man she met on the website, a woman who then called for Match.com to institute background checks on users in a lawsuit, …

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Safe Hiring Expert Says Employers Must Manage Risks of Using Internet for Background Checks

From social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to blogs, YouTube videos, and search engines like Google, many of today’s employers have focused with laser-like intensity on using the plentiful amount of information found online to conduct background checks on job candidates. What is overlooked in the rush to use these sites for employment …

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Woman Sues Popular Online Dating Website over Alleged Sexual Assault and Asks for Background Screening of Members

A woman claiming she was sexually assaulted by a man she met on the popular online dating website Match.com has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court asking that the website start background screening members for sexual offenders since her alleged assailant had a history of sex crimes, according to a story in the …

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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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Online Dating Background Checks Fast and Easy But Not Always Accurate

Is the seemingly nice guy Prince Charming or just a charming sex offender? Just in time for Saint Valentine’s Day, new technology such as online dating background checks can supposedly help users find out the answer to the question above in mere seconds and with little effort or cost. However, while these new online dating background check …

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Employment Screening Resources President Lester Rosen Discusses Challenges of Social Media Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor In an exclusive interview on the top background screening trends of 2011, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen discusses the challenges of social media background checks, the importance of credit reports in screening, and how organizations can perform background screening more …

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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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