To again show the dangerous aspects of this criminal "Social Network", I want to turn to a recent article, that comes from the website: Galleycat, at www.mediabistro.com/galleycat, where a company in the US is using Facebook information in their pre-screening process for employment! Here is that article for my own readers to view:
While seven year’s worth of information will be archived, employers won’t be able to access archived information. The company explained why: “Data is archived purely for compliance reasons and not used for any other purposes. This is to provide a verifiable chain-of-custody in case the information is ever needed for legal reasons. Archived data is never used for new screens. As per our policies and obligations under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the only information we collect on job applicants is employer defined criteria that is legally allowable in the hiring process. Examples of this include racist remarks, sexually explicit photos or videos, or illegal activity such as drug use.”
What do you think–how many different kinds of online writing should prospective employers be able to read? This is a good time to check out the Facebook Privacy Guide.
UPDATE: Forbes has corrected their original story about Social Intelligence. Here is an important clarification about the process: “Social Intelligence had sent me some of the reports they’ve provided to employers so far, including a job applicant who had a photo on a social networking site that featured multiple guns and a sword, and another who was designated racist for joining the Facebook group, ‘I shouldn’t have to press 1 for English. We are in the United States. Learn the language.’ … Social Intelligence’s ‘negative’ findings will stay in the files of Workplace-Shooting-Waiting-To-Happen and No-Hablo-Espanol for seven years per the requirements of FCRA, though new employers who run searches through Social Intelligence won’t have access to the materials if they are completely removed from the Internet.”
Editor’s Note: This post has been corrected to add clarification from the company.
NTS Notes: OK, I will state the obvious.... THIS is a very dangerous precedence, and clearly shows how "Facebook" can come back and haunt an individual by being used against them when they are applying for work! The problem has always been that people are just too gullible and easily put up personal information in these so called "Social Networks" without realizing the consequences of their actions...
Many people have been fooled into the idea that "Facebook" and other so called "Social Networks" are for the benefit of society. However, considering the privacy issues, and the clear evidence that "Facebook" is a dangerous and evil method of more control over society, I am again asking everyone that has a so called "Facebook" account to immediately delete it! We should never give criminals an easy way to steal and use our identities for their evil means....
More to come