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Experts Warn Job Seekers About “Worrying Trend”

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

March 30, 2012

In the wake of concerns in the U.S. about potential employers using Facebook to screen job applicants, The Australian Financial Review reports that experts "say job seekers should resist a worrying trend for potential employers to demand Facebook account details for a pre-hire peek into their personal lives." Facebook is contending that to require job applicants to provide access to their social networking information is "a violation of privacy and could leave organisations open to legal liabilities including discrimination claim," the report states. Meanwhile, one expert suggests, "We'll see lots of confusion and cases for wrongful dismissal arising out of the use of social media."
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