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Screening Site Questioned by Senators

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—U.S.

September 20, 2011

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Al Franken (D-MN) have submitted a list of questions to an employment screening service looking for information on whether it violates applicants' privacy and the law. "We are concerned that there are numerous scenarios under which a job applicant could be unfairly harmed by the information your company provides to an employer. We are also concerned that your company's business practices may in some cases violate the law," the senators wrote in their letter. The Hill reports that the questions include whether people can correct mistakes in their profiles and how the firm, Social Intelligence Corporation, differentiates between people with common names, adding that its practice of taking screen shots of online profiles may violate some sites' terms of use.
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