I don’t think that doing so should require that I sell my soul to the company store! That comparison is a bit of a stretch but it’s the closest I can come to expressing what I feel.
I was applying to a retail position. When they asked me for the last four of my Social Security Number to CREATE an account, my security senses were heightened.
As I read the terms and conditions governing my use of the 3rd party site handling the application I came to a FULL DAMN STOP!
I’m linking to a full PDF of the terms to which I was expected to agree.
I had a couple of problems with the terms.
This is a retail position. I don’t see why I should be required to forfeit my right to privacy to apply for the position.
I strongly disagree with the premise that it’s alright for my information to be extorted from me, while trying to get back to having gainful employment.
I believe It’s wrong that the company, PeopleAnswers not only is making money from the employer but they are collecting data, reprocessing that data and then using it without my express permission or my ability to delete or control that information, so that they make additional money.
They go so far as to absolve themselves of any and all responsibility for the information that they create. They continue by telling you that you’re not allowed to take any legal action against them.
They create a situation where you aren’t able to apply for, or potentially keep, a job except by agreeing to vacate your right to privacy. You have no right to know what they’re doing with your information, who or where that information is going and no legal recourse for any damage done to you by the release of that collected information.
This is WHY I’m opposed to online job application services / tests / and all that goes with them.
I’d suggest a boycott of these sites, the problem is that those of us who value our privacy are in the minority.
So where does that leave job seekers?
Screwed that’s where. Between a rock and a hard place. Give up your privacy, or be homeless.
I’d write a letter to my representatives at the state, and federal level, but I think that I’d be better served taking that sheet of paper, crumbling it up and wiping my ass.
I’m going to try walking into the business and see if I can fill out an application.