Media Searches – Crimcheck

Media Searches

media searchA Media Search is a smart step to take when hiring C-level executives, board members, or when considering mergers/acquisitions. Crimcheck will search their online presence for any derogatory information, and help you to protect your brand.

What is a Media Search?

A Media Search from Crimcheck is a comprehensive search of news articles, social media profiles and search engine results. Crimcheck can also access print media online. Our Media Search will give you a comprehensive view of your candidate’s online presence.

While social media checks are often talked about in the news, it’s important to know that there are many other outlets that need to be searched for an online media presence.  Negative news reports, online articles and blogs, and online newspapers and video resources are all sources of valuable information.

In certain positions that are exposed to the public, a media search is important because it gives you all the information you need to know about the candidate before you hire them – information that others can dig up online.  You want to know about any potential liabilities before there is a problem, and not get blindsided by information after the fact.

Crimcheck will conduct a search of multiple major media outlets on the internet to discover articles or blogs, etc. or participation in social networking by an individual or entity.

Social Media Privacy Laws

facebookIn recent years, a Social Media Search has become standard procedure for many companies pre-employment screening process. However, several states have passed specific laws regarding the use of social media in the workplace.

The following states which have passed laws which prohibit employers and educational institutions from requesting usernames and passwords for their candidates and employees social media profiles:

  • California
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • Utah

The following states have pending legislation in regards to social media in the workplace:

  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

For more information about Social Media Privacy Laws, please visit this article from SHRM.

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