Tread carefully with social media checks

Alberta’s privacy commissioner issues guidelines for employers
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/26/2012

When Ryan Berger, a partner at law firm Bull, Housser and Tupper, is conducting social media seminars with employers, he asks: “Who types a potential candidate’s name into Google or looks them up on Facebook?”

Invariably, just about everyone puts up their hand, he said.

“Oftentimes, people’s first reaction when they meet someone or they’re dealing with someone new, they’ll punch them into Google and see what comes up,” said Berger, who is based in Vancouver.