NAIH, Hungary’s Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information issued new guidance about when a Hungarian employer can conduct background checks of its employees or job candidates. Hungarian Law permits a former employer to send information on a prospective employee to a new employer only with the employee’s prior and informed consent. In addition, an employee’s or job applicant’s criminal background can be checked by requesting a “certificate of clean criminal record.”
Last, collecting publicly available information from the internet or social networks is permitted. However, if the employer is using such information in the recruitment process, or during employment, it must inform the job applicants/employees.