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Burning Question: internet footprints

CSP experts give you regular updates on employment-related issues.Got an issue you’re worried about? Ask your steward/student rep or, if you don’t have one, contact the CSP.  View previous columns at: burningquestions.com

‘I’m applying for jobs but I’m concerned that potential employers might look at my Facebook and Twitter sites. Can they do this?’

Gathering information about applicants through social media sites is not specifically unlawful but may result in unlawful discrimination if the information is not available on the application form (for example, ethnicity and sexuality).

Unfortunately, the practice is thought to be widespread in the UK.  As a member of a regulated profession it is essential that you maintain a professional internet ‘footprint’ and be aware of the many pitfalls.

For detailed information, members should visit the CSP website and search for and search for ‘social media guidance’.

This is intended as general information only and does not replace individual advice

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