With the implementation of GDPR in May 2018, there has been some consideration around the use of open source research in pre-employment screening. Is it justifiable, useful or even necessary? Is it legal? The answer to all these questions is an emphatic ‘Yes’. Here’s why you should consider integrating it into your onboarding process.
Know more about your employees
Open source research allows you to know more about who you are employing. It acts as an early warning system for preventable risks associated with their employment. Your recruitment process will have tested and established the candidate’s ability. However, there are benefits to having a more holistic view of them.
Consider the diversity of your current employees, your stakeholders and your customers. Now consider how valuable that diversity is to your success. Employing someone who harbours hateful views based on religion, gender, race or other inappropriate factors could have serious implications for your business. The harm that could be done to your customer relationships, or the internal issues that may ensue through the harassment or bullying of colleagues shows why it is necessary to know who you are employing.
This becomes more prevalent if your company requires employees to drive, use machinery or undertake high-risk tasks. Perhaps you trust them to interface with vulnerable people or have access to expensive company assets. In these cases, open source research can give you peace of mind that your new employee isn’t a habitual user of controlled drugs, or dishonest, and won’t abuse any positions of trust bestowed upon them. With all this in mind, the question around open source research is no longer ‘can you justify doing it’? but more pertinently ‘can you justify not doing it’?
The above elements, and their associated risks, gives you a legitimate interest in conducting open source research for new or existing employees. This is a specified lawful basis under Article 6 GDPR. At Secure Screening Services, we are committed to using highly trained experts to undertake this work, providing a professional and transparent service to safeguard your business, your employees and your customers. Part of this process is an educational package for employees to protect themselves and their social media accounts from future risk.