The Canadian Privacy Law Blog: Developments in privacy law and writings of a Canadian privacy lawyer, containing information related to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (aka PIPEDA) and other Canadian and international laws.
The author of this blog, David T.S. Fraser, is a Canadian privacy lawyer who practices with the firm of McInnes Cooper. He is the author of the Physicians' Privacy Manual. He has a national and international practice advising corporations and individuals on matters related to Canadian privacy laws.
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Sunday, November 15, 2009
I am often asked whether potential employers are legally able to use Facebook or other social networking sites to do background checks on candidates. A recent "update" email from LinkedIn contained the following blurb at the bottom:
This is a different model: rather than scoping the info a candidate may have on his or her profile, you can find people who may have something to say about a candidate. Interesting and potentially useful. But make sure you have consent from the applicant for broad-ranging reference checks.
"DID YOU KNOW you can conduct a more credible and powerful reference check using LinkedIn? Enter the company name and years of employment or the prospective employee to find their colleagues that are also in your network. This provides you with a more balanced set of feedback to evaluate that new hire."
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