An article in the Daily Telegraph has revealed that housing landlords and their letting agents now use social media such as FaceBook to vet their prospective tenants for their suitability and to gain information about their character and habits.
This may raise questions about tenant privacy and issues of discrimination, such as those experienced by employers using social media for vetting their job candidates.
Currently there is no legislation preventing the use of information in the public domain, such as that found on social networking sites, but there are calls to regulate the use of such information under best practice guidelines.
Security Watchdog is in the process of compiling a white paper about the ethical use of social media in the pre-employment screening process which will be released very shortly.
To read the Daily Telegraph article in full click 'here'