“Germany is considering a law that would ban employers from mining information on prospective job candidates from social networking sites such as Facebook to protect people’s privacy.

According to a draft of the bill, employers would be able to use publicly accessible information about applicants drawn from the Internet but not from social networking sites that serve “communication purposes.

Germany has been aggressive in analyzing online services given the country’s strict privacy laws, which came as a result of intense secret surveillance by the government during the Nazi regime.”

From Reuters