In the Rush to Big Data, Don’t Ignore the Legal Risks

In the Rush to Big Data, Don’t Ignore the Legal Risks

Dear Littler: We are revamping our online job application. I asked our HR director if we should eliminate the question asking about an applicant’s hobbies. Not only does she think we should keep the question, but she says we need to gather more “big data” about our candidates. What the heck is “big data?” Are there any risks with relying on “extra” information about candidates?