A company that mines Facebook for embarrassing information in order to share it with prospective employers

The Consumerist:

What makes [Social Intelligence Corp.’s] service unique is that it scours the internet profiles of prospective employees and flags them for things like holding drinks or holding guns.

In the letter the senators wrote to SIC, [Senators Franken and Blumenthal] said they, “are concerned that there are numerous scenarios under which a job applicant could be unfairly harmed by the information your company provides to an employer. We are also concerned that your company’s business practices may in some cases violate the law.”

The duo asked the company to answer 13 different questions, like if there was a way for employees to check out their own profile and dispute inaccuracies, if the system could tell the difference between people with the same name, and if the company could distinguish between real info and parody.

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About Guy N. Texas

Guy N. Texas is the pen name of a lawyer living in Dallas, who is now a liberal. He was once conservative, but this word has so morphed in meaning that he can no longer call himself that in good conscience. Guy has no political aspirations. He speaks only for himself.
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