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Employer Facebook Screening Ban in Germany

Should There Be a Law Against Employee Facebook Checks?

Since 79 percent of potential employers admit they search a prospective employee's Facebook page before hiring them, most potential hires have learned that it's best to keep those incriminating college photos very, very private. It's hard to control your entire online rep, though, which is one reason I may actually support a proposed German law that would prevent employers from screening candidates via Facebook.

Find out more about the proposal and vote on whether or not you'd support it after the break.

The law, which would be admittedly difficult to enforce, would still allow online screening of candidates. So if your Facebook info, photos, status updates, or anything else is public enough to find through a Google search, it's still fair game. What would be illegal, though, is becoming Facebook friends with a job candidate in order to dig through their personal info. (Why anyone would become Facebook friends with someone interviewing them is beyond me, honestly.)

In theory, I like this idea, but perhaps the Internet is not the place for information you may want to keep private. What do you think?

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chaibunni chaibunni 7 years
For the people who are saying that you shouldn't post anything that you don't want the internet community to see, I believe that jobs STILL should't hire based on their face book. With someone does on their free time has nothing to do with there professionalism. If I like t go to parties on occasion does not mean I am irresponsible and don't care about my job. I think it should be illegal.
EricaJane EricaJane 7 years
i don't understand.. isn't a privacy setting all that is necessary to keep anyone from looking at your profile?
shreerose shreerose 7 years
Honestly, I'd have to say that I think there should be a law against that. I'm 19 years old, working at a physical therapy practice as a receptionist and I have two tattoos on my wrists. Obviously, that was not an issue at my interview, because I was hired anyway. BUT, because I was looking for a decent job, I felt like I needed to take out my tongue piercing. After working there for a month, I went to my boss and asked him, out of respect for him and the clinic, if I could get my tongue re pierced. He told me that I could, as long as I kept the bar small. So I was happy about that and re pierced it that day. My issue is though, is that I almost feel like I shouldn't have HAD to ask him in the first place. I don't want to have to think about my work and my boss's feelings when it comes to making every decision in my life (including Facebook pictures). I'm still young, and it doesn't matter if I have a million tattoos on my body, that does not change the way that I treat patients, my coworkers, or other people. I believe that this has been a growing problem, and I am still trying understand both sides. I'm sure my views will change once I am older but as of now, I pretty much lean towards this being a law.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 7 years
I think the point is the digging for dirt that a future employer would do. It is your personal responsibility to control your content, but it would be illegal for them to go beyond a certain level, and I agree.
falnfenix falnfenix 7 years
whatever happened to personal responsibility? people saying "there should be a law!" caused it to go by the wayside. if you don't want your employer finding things out about you, don't allow those things to be put on the internet. if this means avoiding doing them in the first place or cutting off friends who would post compromising information about you, so be it. it's not their fault that you can't get or keep a job based on what's readily available about you.
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