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OIPC Issues Social Media Guidelines

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY

December 16, 2011

Alberta's Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) released guidelines on Thursday "warning organizations to think twice before logging on to Facebook or Twitter to vet potential employees or volunteers," the Calgary Herald reports. One expert described the guidelines, which come amidst investigations into complaints of such access, as a "wake-up call" for potential employers. An OIPC spokeswoman explained, "We're not saying you can't do it. We're saying that you need to take a really careful look at your obligations under the privacy laws and see if you can meet those requirements in social media...It's going to be very difficult to do that."
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