What is the legal status on the use of spying on potential candidates via social media?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 7 January 2014
Zelda Cunningham
Arthur Cox

When information is publically available online, there is no restriction on employers viewing personal information in respect of prospective employees, subject to the requirement to comply with employment equality and privacy laws.

When recruiting employees, employers must comply with the obligations imposed by the Employment Equality Acts 1998 to 2012 and may not deny an employee access to employment on the basis of age, race, nationality, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, gender, disability, religious belief and membership of the Traveller Community. Information obtained

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Zelda Cunningham
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