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July 25, 2011


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Courtney Shelton Hunt, PhD

This post is getting lots of traffic from GovLoop in particular, and there are a number of great comments there. Here's a link to check out the discussion:

I've also seen great comments in some of the LinkedIn groups where I shared the post, which I appreciate as well.

Please don't be shy about sharing your thoughts here too. :)

Courtney Shelton Hunt, PhD

Based on the feedback I received, especially from Mark Hammer in GovLoop, I was inspired to create a follow-up post. Check it out:

John Mazza

One big problem they will have is that social media posts are fully copyrighted by the poster in most cases, and if they copy that information (say for a report to the employer) in any way, they are guilty of a copyright infringement for each one. Simply because it's on the Internet without a password does NOT grant any license to make copies outside of the established fair use exceptions, which don't seem to cover this sort of activity.

Courtney Shelton Hunt, PhD

Interesting point, John. I hadn't thought of the copyright issues. It'll be interesting to see how this aspect evolves. Thanks!

Courtney Shelton Hunt, PhD

I just learned about this letter that Senators Al Franken and Richard Blumenthal sent to Social Intelligence:

With all due respect, I think the Senators' questions and concerns are misguided. Social Intelligence endeavors to comply with the FCRA and other laws, which provides significant protection for both employers and job candidates. There is much greater risk - and fewer protections - when employers conduct social background checks on their own. Had the Senators (or their staffs) done a bit more research, they would have been able to answer many of the questions on their own and would have then perhaps directed their concerns in more productive and appropriate ways.

Courtney Shelton Hunt, PhD

Here’s another updated post that might be of interest:

Recruiting in the Digital Era: Updated Guidance for Employers, Recruiters, and Candidates

Richa Agarwal

Ma'am, your post really helped me a lot and it is very informative.As Online candiadate Screening is my final year project.
i really want to thank u as because of your posts i really get to know lot about my topic.
i hope i will be able to convince my project head.
thanks if u have more information regarding this and wht new topics that i can incorporate into my project please mail on my mail
i will be really grateful.

Courtney Shelton Hunt, PhD

I just published another blog post that consolidates resources addressing this and related issues:

Demanding Access to Individuals’ Social Networking Accounts: A Digital Era Worst Practice

Please help me educate people about this important Digital Era issue, which potentially affects all of us, by sharing the post. Thanks!

Jules - CMLOR

In reply to John Mazza's comment, the post can be subjected to a fair use policy. So although the author has the copyrights to the post, within reason, it can be utilised by others

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