Friday, September 30, 2011

Social Network Background Checks

I read this online by Lester Rosen, Attorney at Law. I thought is was very eye opening.

Although employers may request that background screening firms perform this function, there are a number of drawbacks. First, a background screening firm does not have the same in-depth knowledge the employer has of the details of the position. In addition, if a social network background check is done by a background screening firm, the search falls under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) which requires a background screening firm to maintain reasonable procedures for maximum possible accuracy. Because a background screening firm has no way of knowing if the online information is accurate, it is difficult for background screening firms to perform this service consistent with the FCRA. In other words, due to the FCRA, background screening firms may not be best suited to perform these types of ‘social network background check’ searches. 

Would your company make a hiring decision based on someones Facebook profile? Its my opinion that this type of search opens your screening company and you to possible litigation. Whats your thought on social network background checks?