Online investigations into job candidates could be illegal

Bobbie Johnson, technology correspondent The Guardian Tuesday November 27 2007

Companies could be infringing privacy if they dig up information about job applicants from social networking websites, an internet expert has warned.

John Carr, chairman of the UK Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety, believes that employers and education officials could be crossing the line when they look up information about applicants on the web.

"There are lots of rumours about young job applicants being screened on Google or even university tutors looking at people applying for further education," he said.

"If that really is happening, then it could be illegal – when the kids are posting a picture of a party, they are only doing it to let their mates look. They are not doing it for an application form."

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