Employers 3 information that can be a threat to our

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PRIVACY VS. EMPLOYERS 3 information that can be a threat to our national security. This is what many people seem to miss when it comes to this controversial subject. Another issue with employers viewing into your personal life, Since employers may be exposed to private information such as age, national origin, race, they could be violating the Stored Communications and Computer Fraud and Abuse acts.” (Stern, 2012). That is illegal. Which leads me to believe that there should be a signed agreement document between the employer and potential employees that when the potential employees relinquish their social media information, the employer must keep the information private and not use it against the potential employees. It does not mean they should hire this person, but rather whatever they do find out, they must keep it to themselves. “While an applicant's interest in keeping an OSN profile private is understandable, employers also have compelling and legitimate business interests in obtaining as much information about job applicants as possible. Employers can be civilly liable for negligent hiring if they fail to uncover an obvious flaw in an employee's background or character.” (Abril, Del Riego, & Levin, 2012). For example, if a law enforcement office were to hire someone without checking their Facebook, Instagram, etc., and they turned out to be the worst officer. They failed to see that person was a party animal and loved to participate in illegal activities on their social media. The media would have a field day with the law enforcement office for not being more thorough in hiring their employees. There is a fine line in being thorough with the hiring process and violating the privacy. If these establishments do not cross the lines, the privacy should not be of any concern to anyone. It is a means to ensure that potential employees will do their jobs well and not be irresponsible since that can reflect on the entire establishment.
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