You can call it the Google background check revolution and it’s happening right now worldwide. We are all somewhat familiar with this new form of background check that is putting our core philosophies to the test. Can we actively permit information which is often unreliable, contextual, and circumstantial to play a prevailing and decisive role in areas such as federal government, recruitment agencies, employers, colleagues,future employees, business, immigration, and justice departments? It is hard to resist the temptation of using the world’s leading search engine to search for information that would have normally involved human factors for decision making. When we start using search results that are based on algorithms to substitute for our own cognitive processes in essential every day processes, then it starts to blur the line between human vs. machine. The ethicality of Google checks which are doing more than just raising questions, are also starting to challenge the very core of issues such as ethics, rhetoric, aesthetics, privacy, and authorship.
For those of us who are self-assured that the web will find nothing to ‘testify’ against us on a professional, academic, or personal level, then think again. While the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) governs an applicant’s rights when scrutinized by consumer reporting agencies, many others are left unprotected such as illegal immigrants that are screened by businesses, or future employees who are never given a fair chance because of circumstantial information found on the web, or how Facebook is being used by employers to search an applicants background, or how law enforcements turn to social networks for incriminating information such as credit checks, criminal background checks and more. Recently, a three-panel judge ruled that it was okay to use a Google background check to rule against a previous federal employee. The list does not end here, and along with it are countless issues that are reforming the way we define our individual rights, privacy, and censorship. The rules of how to use Google as a background check tool yet to be decided.
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