German Bosses Banned From Checking Facebook

The German government has proposed a new legislation restricting recruiters from checking the Facebook profiles of the potential candidates.

German law makers have proposed restrictions on the checking of candidate's personal data on social networking websites while recruiting, news agency the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

"If an employer turns down an application with another reasoning it might be difficult to prove that the negative answer was based on the Facebook postings," said Thomas de Maiziere, the Interior minister who presented the draft.

The proposed legislation is being aimed at addressing employee security concerns at the hands of their recruiters. The bill has received backing at cabinet level and is ready to go to vote in Parliament.

According to the spokesman for the Interior ministry, the drafted bill prohibits users from checking the private data of potential candidates on social networking sites such as Facebook.

The legislation does not include professional networking sites such as LinkedIn and Xing, however.