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Germany to Outlaw Facebook Stalking Employees

Germany to Outlaw Facebook Stalking Employees

by Frank Roche on August 26, 2010

in Business

I would have thought it would have been the Swiss. They’re very private people. But the Germans get a big Hurrah! from me for being on the verge of outlawing companies from spying on their employees with Facebook. Or by reading their emails.

Via the New Statesman:

Employers are allowed to run a search on the web on their applicants, but befriending the employee on a social networking site such as Facebook in order to check out private details would be illegal, de Maiziere said.

Checking out anything in public is allowed and so are postings on professional networks such as LinkedIn, he said.

A job applicant who proves he or she was rejected based on violation of the new law could take the company to court and claim damages, added the minister.

I’d like to see a law like that enacted here in the U.S. As far as I’m concerned, Facebook is none of HR’s business. What’s your take?

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