Friday, March 23, 2012

How sad, now that Facebook has cemented itself as the way the world communicates, organizes, and changes the very structure of societies, its nowalso gonna now be its chief aid to investigating perspective employees. Huh, how did that happen? When?
How did a simple hobby, a fun way to kill time, a great way to keep in touch with family and friends, become the latest way for people to invade your privacy. To investigate if you are worthy of their measly low pay jobs.
So now when applying for a job, your new employer requires your Facebook 'password' , really. Huh, and why? I kind of understand why they need your financial information, we wouldn't want a secret millionaire working for us. I mean we should have complete  power over our workers shouldn't we. But your Facebook password? Why do you need to learn how many friends that you have, and who they are? Give me a break. It's scary enough when politicians discuss allowing employers the power over their employees medical coverage. But now they want our passwords to our Facebook accounts. In a word, no. How dare they?
Talk about the destruction of free speech, the ramifications to the very fabric of our way of life if this request becomes the norm. People have put their most personal information on Facebook. Some possibly are on, 24/7. Now I understand the logic in this, employees want to see what and who they are hiring. See if they might be interviewing a crazed terrorist. A person with shall we say an unsavory past with bad connections.
And there's one big, big problem that has nothing to do with just the Facebook privacy issues, the real big problem could be even worse. Survey after survey showcase that most people only use one password for everything. So if you are forced to give up your password, in theory that means they can get into everything you are linked up to. For example, your bank accounts, scared yet?
And I'm very happy that U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said that such a practice is an "unreasonable invasion of privacy for people seeking work." And intelligently he continued:"These practices seem to be spreading, which is why federal law ought to address them. They go beyond the borders of individual states and call for a national solution," said Blumenthal, who first spoke to Politico on Wednesday. The AP also reported this week that some private and public agencies around the country are asking job seekers for their social media credentials.
Finally the Internet is doing what it seems best suited to to. Unite the people's are our world. Bringing the world closer then ever before. Helping people improve their lives. Changing our world for the better, in fact as history has already showcased, bringing freedom to millions of people around the world. Again I can understand the logic of perspective employers wanting to learn about who they might be hiring, but I'm sorry this is simply too intrusive. I'm sorry job offerers' if you want that information, you're just gonna have to wait till a crime occurs. And you won't get the information anyway, the police would.

Just one man's opinion
© Neil Feigeles, Neilizms, Friday, March 23, 2012 

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