What privacy concerns should an employer be aware of when recruiting using social media?

Author: Linda Segall, Segall Enterprises

An employer should never try to access nonpublic information about applicants. For example, an employer should not ask applicants for passwords to private sites, nor should it ask to connect to an applicant for the purpose of acquiring private information. Some states, including California, Illinois and Maryland, prohibit employers from making such requests with others considering similar laws.

A manager also should not ask employees who may be connected to applicants to use their connections in this manner.