[Air-L] Privacy commissioner on employers use of online information ‘Dooced’ case
rforno at infowarrior.org
Mon Jan 22 04:21:01 PST 2018
I haven't read the actual law cited in the article, and of course IANAL, but I suspect this could be easily remedied by employers asking for the applicant's 'implied consent' in the job description and/or application instructions. To wit: "by applying to this position you agree to allow us to check publicly available social media, online forums, Google, blah blah blah as part of the candidate evaluation process." (Heck I don't have a FB account, which has drawn question marks from background investigators and others over the years -- but hey, I enjoy being a statstical outlier in some things)
Not to mention there are any number of ways around this, of course -- both ethical and non. So this might sound good on paper but is pretty much unenforceable in reality.
Dr. Richard Forno
Senior Lecturer, CSEE
Director, Graduate Cybersecurity Program
Assistant Director, UMBC Center for Cybersecurity
UMBC Veterans Faculty Fellow 2016-18
> On Jan 21, 2018, at 6:50 PM, Peter Timusk <peterotimusk at gmail.com> wrote:
> In my nonprofit volunteer work I would google finalist candidates for jobs. Apparently no longer allowed. Further to ‘just because it is public online’ does not mean you can make it Data.
> CBC news article Canadian law
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