This is a follow-up for Could there be consequences for Googling how to do something that is normally a crime?

The state often conducts background checks for various reasons. For example, CA conducts background checks for certain permits and licenses, for example for a firearm purchase. Can the state use my social media activity as a part of that background check?

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    Does this answer your question? Is there any protection regarding social media accounts and background checks? Jul 7, 2022 at 17:39
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    @BlueDogRanch, the question is very similar indeed. Unfortunately the answers are about the employers' use of social media account for background checks, not the states doing the same for issuing permits & licenses.
    – Michael
    Jul 7, 2022 at 19:18
  • If it is public, it is legal Jul 7, 2022 at 21:38
  • The linked question seems to ask about the sue of such posts by a private emloyer, not by a government agency. Rules for government are often soemewhat different, hence I think this is not a duplicate. Jul 8, 2022 at 14:06
  • @MarkRosenblitt-Janssen Not broadly. If a private employer, in conducting a background check, checked your Facebook profile and found that you had a 1-year old child and therefore refused to hire you, that would be illegal in many jurisdictions that ban employment discrimination based on familial status. Aug 21, 2023 at 20:59


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