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'Pre-crime' Comes to the HR Dept.

Sep 29, 2010, 18:33 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Elgan)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"In the Steven Spielberg movie Minority Report, police belonging to a special Pre-crime unit arrest people for crimes they would do in the future. It's science fiction, and it will probably never happen in our lifetimes.

"However, the pre-crime concept is coming very soon to the world of Human Resources (HR) and employee management.

"A Santa Barbara, Calif., startup called Social Intelligence data-mines the social networks to help companies decide if they really want to hire you.

"While background checks, which mainly look for a criminal record, and even credit checks have become more common, Social Intelligence is the first company that I'm aware of that systematically trolls social networks for evidence of bad character.

"Using automation software that slogs through Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, LinkedIn, blogs, and "thousands of other sources," the company develops a report on the "real you" -- not the carefully crafted you in your resume. The service is called Social Intelligence Hiring. The company promises a 48-hour turn-around."

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