FTC says ‘yes’ to Facebook activity inclusion in background checks
I haven’t used my Facebook account in probably a year, but this has convinced me that it’s time to just close it once and for all. The article raises some important questions. Highlighting mine.
You now have another reason to check your privacy settings. According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Social Intelligence Corp, has been given the legal thumbs up to archive seven years worth of your Facebook posts. These archives will be used by SIC (oh the applicability of the acronym) as part of their background checking service for job applicants.
The problem with allowing personal life activities to play a factor in background checks and hiring decisions is that there are many in life that work hard and play hard. There are many things that people do for fun that offend others or make them uncomfortable, regardless of how harmless it actually is.…