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European authorities warn employers not to check social media profiles of job candidates
Last Updated: 2017-07-17 10:10 | Xinhua
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European data protection authorities have issued new rules that require employers to issue a disclaimer before checking the social media profiles of job applicants.

Scanning social media data through third parties is also not allowed. Besides, employers are prohibited from compiling such data during their recruiting, unless it is "necessary and relevant" to the performance of specific job posts.

The new guidance came to supplement the European Union's (EU) data protection laws and is aimed at protecting individual information and data sharing. The relevant social media sites include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and LinkedIn.

The new data protection regulations will apply to employers across the EU next year. Breach of the new rules will lead to a fine of up to 4 percent of European companies' annual global sales.

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