Companies who use Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms to do a background check on new employees could be infringing on European law in the nearest future.

The EU data protection working party has governed that company should have “legal backing” before intruding.
The approval is non-binding but will affect forthcoming changes to data protection laws.

A hiring firm called CareerBuilder suggests that 70% of companies make use of social networks to choose candidates.
The study also shows that similar percentages are also making use of online search engines to check for potential staff members.

The Article 29 working party’s Standard procedure will inform a reorganization of European data protection laws, which is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will be effective from May 2018.

Their recommendations also propose that any data retrieved from an internet search of potential candidates must be appropriate and essential to the efficiency of the job.

“UK already had rules on company’s use of social media”. Peter Church, a technology specialist at law firm Linklaters, revealed.
Peter church said, “Making a friend request or requesting passwords is improper, although it is harder when it comes to the public.”

Linkedin Exempted

He further added that LinkedIn social network was “fair game” as it was organized that allows for potential employee screening.”

Mr Peter Church said “In theory, all companies should be following these fundamental regulations but, in reality, only a few abide by it. The GDPR may obligate firms to be a little more diligent about obeying the rules.”