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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 ››