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Start-Up Creates Pre-Employment Dossiers

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

July 25, 2011

Some companies are requiring applicants to consent to a social media check, reports The New York Times, and a California company has made a business of creating dossiers on prospective employees. Social Intelligence assembles seven years of a person's online activity--from comments on blogs to social networking posts to photos they've been tagged in. The company's CEO says candidates must consent to the check and are informed of adverse information, and all protected information is removed from the report. The FTC has found that the company's practices comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, but some privacy advocates worry about employers accessing information unrelated to job performance, the report states. (Registration may be required to access this story.) 
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