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Are there privacy concerns when I use social media to check out applicants?

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Q. Am I invading applicants’ privacy by reviewing their Facebook, MySpace, blogs and Twitter feeds?

A. No. As long as you don’t violate the media service’s privacy features that the applicant uses to restrict access to the posted information, he or she would have a difficult time setting forth an invasion-of-privacy claim.

Once it is posted on Facebook or MySpace or the applicant’s blog, the information is generally available to the public at large. Therefore, viewing it does not constitute an invasion of an applicant’s privacy.


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