Social media unquestionably facilitates the connection of ideas and the dissemination of information, but the space is still fuzzy when it comes to privacy. While many may be inclined to believe their personal social information is protected online, this isn’t always the case.
A Carnegie Mellon Study recently revealed that between 10 percent and a third of U.S firms search social media sites for information on applicants early in the hiring process. While the use of the information obtained through social media could easily be used as the basis for suit under equal employment opportunity law, the threat does not appear to be much of a deterrent for employers. Of the companies who searched for social media information to make a decision on a candidate, only 7 percent had admitted doing so.