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Law Would Ban Employers from Social Networking Site Research

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY

August 24, 2010

Spiegel reports on the drafting of a law that would prevent employers from looking at job applicants' social networking activities during the hiring process. The law, drafted by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziére and expected to pass after the German cabinet vote Wednesday, would radically restrict the information bosses can legally collect, the report states, though general information about the candidate available on the Internet would not be forbidden. The law would also restrict certain video surveillance in the workplace  E-mail and telephone communication surveillance would be permitted only under certain conditions. Meanwhile, privacy advocates are voicing concern over the country's plan to require citizens to carry RFID-equipped identification cards.
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