It is estimated that 70% of employers now screen the social media profiles of job candidates as part of their recruitment process. In light of these practices, last month the Article 29 Working Party issued a series of guidelines in an attempt to safeguard the privacy of job applicants. The Working Party has warned employers that they should not assume they can process data gathered from an individual’s social media profile just because it is publicly available. The guidelines recommend that there should be legal grounds to justify this type of processing, such as legitimate interests. Employers are also advised to consider whether the social media profiles of job applicants are ‘related to business or private purposes’ as this can be an important indication of the legal admissibility of the data inspection. In addition, the Working Party has indicated that applicants should be informed if social media screening will take place, … Continue Reading ››
The ICO on the 4th of July 2017 took a step forward with regards to privacy protection for the UK public from overseas data protection threats and risks, by publishing its first ever International Strategy document. This document supports the earlier ICO 'Information Rights Strategic Plan 2017 - 2021' document and is set to help the ICO meet overseas data protection challenges in a globalised world, including those in relation to key areas such as the GDPR and Brexit. The document sets out what the ICO sees as its main international concerns over the next four years, which are:
  • Operating as an effective and influential data protection authority at European level while the UK remains a member of the EU and when the UK has left the EU, or during any transitional period.
  • Maximising the ICO’s relevance and delivery against its objectives in an increasingly globalised world with rapid growth of online technologies.
  • Ensuring that UK … Continue Reading ››