The OIPC BC released Guidelines for Social Media Background Checks ("Guidelines") yesterday.  The Guidelines were developed "to help organizations and public bodies navigate social media background checks and privacy laws."

The Guidelines outline the privacy risks associated with the use of social media to screen and monitor current and prospective employees, volunteers and candidates, including:

  • The collection of potentially inaccurate personal information;
  • The collection of too much or irrelevant personal information;
  • The inadvertent collection of third-party personal information; and
  • The overreliance on consent for the collection of personal information that may not be reasonable in the circumstances.

The Guidelines also provide additional information on what to consider and what to avoid when performing social media background checks.