Monitoring of candidates’ social media profiles during recruitment


In its Opinion 2/2017 on data processing at work, Article 29 Data Protection Working Party emphasizes that employers often believe that inspecting the social profiles of their candidates can be justified during their recruitment processes. However, employers should not assume that merely because an individual’s social media profile is publicly available they are then allowed to process those data during the recruitment process. According to the Working Party a legal ground is required for such data processing: for instance, the legitimate interest of the employer.