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>Using a search engine to try to find a candidate's postings and/or
>personal web page when they have not specifically volunteered this
>information is not just unethical, IMO, but potentially illegal.
>How do you justify using a search engine to discover personal
>information on a job candidate? Is where they post your business? Are
>you visiting their personal webpages to gather information that
>you're not allowed to ask them in interviews? Personal webpages are
>personal. They include information about kids, location, religion,
>What would you do with the information that a potential employee was
>a single parent with seven kids, an active Wiccan, and posted
>regularly to depression support groups? While it may be true that a
>bad match doesn't do anyone any favors, that's not your decision to
>make. It's the candidate's. I choose to volunteer certain personal
>information to potential employers because I have no interest in
>working for a xenophobic jerk. But if you failed to hire me after
>finding out something about my personal life, you'd be on VERY shaky
If the history of technology tells us anything, it's that we will do
somthing because we can. Do you wan't to keep something private? Don't post
it on a Web page or anywhere else.
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