Can Your Facebook Photos Cost You a Job?
The age of Big Brother is truly upon us.
Last week the Federal Trade Commission approved a company called Social Intelligence, which touts itself as a modern way for firms to screen potential employees.
The company uses deep searches to provide a thorough background check, unearthing blog posts, photos, and any uploads to social media sites along the way. Then, like a credit reporting bureau, it keeps that information on file for seven years.
Social Intelligence COO Geoffrey Andrews told Forbes this is done to “maintain a verifiable chain-of-custody in case the information is ever needed for legal reasons. We are not however building a ‘database’ on individuals.”
Uh-huh. Somewhere right now, George Orwell is saying “I told you so.”