Skip to comments.FTC says "yes" to Facebook activity inclusion in background checks
Posted on 06/28/2011 1:50:37 PM PDT by Fred
You now have another reason to check your privacy settings. According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Social Intelligence Corp, has been given the legal thumbs up to archive seven years worth of your Facebook posts. These archives will be used by SIC (oh the applicability of the acronym) as part of their background checking service for job applicants.
There are a couple sides to this argument that have been hashed out many times over. A hiring manager could say that they were glad they discovered that Johnny the master of the great resume also drank heavily every night and posted all his parties on Facebook - so they could avoid hiring him. The other side of the argument has been that if someone is functional, professional and sober at work, then why is it fair to factor in what they do outside of work when deciding if you should schedule an interview? As long as they are not a violent criminal or addicted to hard drugs, who cares?
The link goes to a story called:
“Ustream iPhone app makes App Store in time for inaugural address”
this won’t last. 1 non hire because of being gay and this just crumbles
Link does not match the story...
Another reason I refuse to have a Facebook or Myspace page.
does this mean if privacy is set, no facebook capture can happen?
I agree, but I wonder if it could become a detriment to NOT have a Facebook page when looking for a job. Some people consider me a bit odd for opting out of social networking sites.
My son has a closed fb page, so he did a google search with his name... bingo, groups he’d joined showed up as well as those “new phone, need numbers groups.” He went through and deleted his info and left the groups. Quite a few of his European friends do not use their real name on facebook, and being “found” by their employers was the number one reason given. I think the problem must arise if you have friends who have open pages, and they can check their wall or pictures they have linked you in.
Fortunately my kids both have been trained, that whatever you put on the internet can be there forever.
Any idiot that puts their real name out there and believes their comments will cause them harm is, well, an idiot.