This past week's legal news issue has been the revelation that companies have been asking prospective hires for access to their Facebook, Twitter, and other social media or email profiles, ostensibly in an attempt to discover if prospects have gang or other criminal backgrounds or would otherwise reflect poorly on the company. Although privacy advocates have decried the practice, there has been debate on whether the practice is actually illegal. This article discusses the viewpoint that the practice may very well be illegal, and even if it was legal leaves an employer at risk for litigation.
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Should Employers Require Prospective Hires to Provide Access to their Social Media Profiles?