By Erin Dougherty Foley and Lily Strumwasser

A recent study commissioned by Microsoft Corporation found that nearly 80 percent of individuals hiring and recruiting use the Internet to investigate candidates. A major news network indicated that more than 77 percent of employers find information about candidates online, and 35 percent have dismissed candidates based on these findings. At first blush, looking at an applicant’s social media content makes sense – after all, with just a few clicks of the mouse you can find out all sorts of revealing information about job applicants. However, there are also several legal risks associated with viewing applicants’ social media profiles.
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By: Bryan Bienias

The paradox of America’s fascination with social networking has always existed at the crossroads where shameless exhibitionism collides with the fundamental need for personal privacy. People yearn to share the details of their “private” lives with the world . . . well, maybe only with some of the world, and only on their terms. Relatively elaborate privacy
Continue Reading A “Step Too Far?”: New Laws Bar Employers from Requiring Access to Employees’ Social Media Accounts