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article imageEmployers’ paranoia could annoy ya: the job destroyer?

By Paul Wallis     Jun 10, 2007 in Internet
Obviously tired of waiting for their uniforms, whips and jackboots, employers are now trawling around Google and myspace, looking for things to dislike about their job applicants.
Quite regardless of the civil liberties of citizens, this is how employers protect themselves from people who may have lives, opinions, or (shudder) a past.
There are a few other ramifications to this remake of The Babes In The Wood vs. The Inquisition. Not least of which is that those fortunate enough to be employed by these enlightened asexual trolls might find that their own lives are now subject to this level of intrusion. Meaning anyone on Earth can consider that they have no privacy rights at all, according to their employers.
It should be pointed out that there are legitimate ways of checking these things which are recognized by statute. There are also no-go zones for access to information. In Australia, even your date of birth is considered “Personal Sensitive Information”, and doesn’t have to be supplied, except under formal conditions, where required. A signed consent is also required for anyone to access your private details. Criminal records are a legitimate question, but how you access those records does have a process of law attached.
(If you’re Australian, and this has happened to you, check with the Privacy Commissioner. See link below. Check out your rights, and scream like a banshee in any media you can find. They will be interested.)
This is a form of brute force applied to employees, any way you look at it. it’s a way of intimidating people, and a blatant, deliberate breach of privacy laws, anywhere on Earth with working democracy. The trend to massive surveillance of employees was always likely to expand, and this is the result. Time to call a halt. Whatever Inc. doesn’t have the right to take the law into its own hands, while breaking the law.
People are employed to do a job, not to have their lives monitored by nutcases. If this is allowed to continue, wage slavery might become a very apt description of life in the workplace.
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