Once you have finished a job interview has become habit that the owner and the interviewee run on facebook or other social networks to investigate attitudes and preferences of the interlocutor. “Browse” would be the most appropriate term to define this established practice which aims to obtain as much informations as possible about the subject to assume or, on the other hand, the person to impress.
The law has reiterated in recent days, that the employer can’t obligate an employee, during the job interview, to access to his social profiles, perhaps under the guise of assessing attitudes and predispositions in the management of his profile. But nobody forbids to observe the public profile.
In California, entered into force the Social Media Privacy Act, the most important U.S. law regarding the new digital scenarios, to defend the rights of workers and students. Despite the surprise of many, the law states that the boss can have access to private accounts in the case of suspected misconduct of the employee.
The ACLU, historical American Association for Civil Rights, has pointed out that the law doesn’t protect the young, the students, who often receive numerous requests for access by staff of the attended school. Open the question about the possibility of the boss to “enter” in electronic devices in use of the employees.
In Italy there isn’t legislation that specifically regulates the control of social profiles, there is only a ban to investigate on political and religious opinion, trade union, or other areas not relevant for the work. But these don’t create great interest by administrators of the companies.
According to a report of the New York Times, U.S. employees can glimpse in the social network a safe place to express themselves freely and without fear, even if the criticism against the owner. In confirmation of this, the National Labor Relations Board, an agency of the U.S. government that monitors the correctness of industrial relations, has declared itself in favor of workers in the delicate matter of network behaviors by stating, among other things, illegal the restrictions imposed to the use of social media.
So, if on one hand they want restrict the use of social, on the other hand the employee control is often impossible. Many business leaders, given the persistent news of confidential data leakage and corporate espionage, have resorted to special tools for the remote PC control or have installed video surveillance systems able to stem the phenomenon of industrial infidelity and maintain their dignified image even on social networks.