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How anything you've EVER said on the internet could be seen by employers
The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 6/26/11 | Fiona Roberts

Posted on 06/26/2011 8:15:24 PM PDT by ruralvoter

The Federal Trade Commission has approved a controversial firm which scours social media sites to check on job applicants.

It means anything you've ever said in public on sites including Facebook, Twitter and even Craigslist could be seen by your would-be employer.

The Washington-based commission has ruled the firm, Social Intelligence Corporation, complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act - even though it keeps the results of its searches on file for seven years.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: craigslist; employment; facebook; ftc; internet; job; jobs; privacy; twitter
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1 posted on 06/26/2011 8:15:38 PM PDT by ruralvoter
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To: ruralvoter

I love my boss.


2 posted on 06/26/2011 8:17:08 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kirkwood

... and I really love my job and my boss’s boss too


3 posted on 06/26/2011 8:19:59 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: ruralvoter

How do they track our freerepublic posts?


4 posted on 06/26/2011 8:20:26 PM PDT by proudtobeanamerican1 (A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Kirkwood

I love your boss too.

Frankly, I would never work for any company that employed this company to do background checks. In fact, any company that is large enough to have an HR department is large enough to make your life miserable (diversity/sensativity training anyone?).

Screw em. I’ll work at my locally owned fast food joint selling burgers before I’ll work at Giant Corp, inc.


5 posted on 06/26/2011 8:20:34 PM PDT by PhilosopherStone1000
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To: proudtobeanamerican1

I’m more worried about DU posts.


6 posted on 06/26/2011 8:21:23 PM PDT by ScottinSacto (If anyone will beat Obama, let's not send just anyone. Cain/West 2012)
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To: ruralvoter
Every utterance you make on the internet is copyrighted and you own the copyright. All you need to do is assert your right.

This company is reading AND copying your material and using it in a commercial transaction with a third party.

Seems to me a simple matter to sue them for violation of copyright.

Bet these guys kind of wondered why NO ONE ELSE had done this!

7 posted on 06/26/2011 8:21:44 PM PDT by muawiyah (u)
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To: ruralvoter

Big companies are simply extensions of the government.

More reason to work for yourself —THAT way you really CAN love your boss (cuz it will be YOU).


8 posted on 06/26/2011 8:22:19 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: PhilosopherStone1000

You bring up a good point. Does a company have to disclose that they are using this investigative service?


9 posted on 06/26/2011 8:22:52 PM PDT by ruralvoter
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To: ruralvoter

If they can match names with screen names, it could be very troublesome. Of course, matching actual name with other names can be a problem too. I have the same first and last names as sex offenders in Oklahoma and Alabama (different middle names, though). You can bet I abide the speed limit if I drive in either state.


10 posted on 06/26/2011 8:24:55 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: ruralvoter

IF you use your real name and address.


11 posted on 06/26/2011 8:25:37 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: ruralvoter

Not Freerepublic. I have a top secret clearance and, frankly, would appear to be a Tom Clancy novel character if anyone knew who I really was. But I always use free wi-fi and a special computer that I never use for anything else.

Good luck with that one, fellas.


12 posted on 06/26/2011 8:26:24 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Kirkwood

I love my bank and I love my banksters

13 posted on 06/26/2011 8:27:07 PM PDT by dennisw (NZT - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: ruralvoter

In the end, we’ll all be Papillon if we’re not careful.


14 posted on 06/26/2011 8:27:23 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: ruralvoter

Im self employed he can kiss my A$$


15 posted on 06/26/2011 8:28:14 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! I know i was kidding)
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To: Kirkwood

I love Big Brother because Big Brother loves me.


16 posted on 06/26/2011 8:29:05 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Pimpin' for Perry)
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To: ruralvoter

I’ve started to use Facebook to look up possible hires. I’ve screened out a lot showing very freakish behavior and have hired those who seem to be well balanced. It’s definitely kept me from doing some bad hires. Anyone can put on a show for an interview.


17 posted on 06/26/2011 8:29:53 PM PDT by MNDude (so that's what they meant by Carter's second term)
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To: OrangeHoof

Aren’t you glad your folks didn’t give you “Wayne” as a middle name ? ;-D


18 posted on 06/26/2011 8:32:45 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: gaijin

Nowadays, you can be at work but do all your internet surfing and posting from your smart phone.


19 posted on 06/26/2011 8:34:35 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

The lawsuit-happy ABA (AmBulance chAsers) will like that. Thanks ruralvoter.


20 posted on 06/26/2011 8:36:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's the Obamacare, stupid! -- Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Kirkwood

>I love my boss.

I’ll see you tomorrow morning at 9 as usual, Kirk.


21 posted on 06/26/2011 8:38:41 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012)
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To: ruralvoter

“anything you’ve ever said in public on sites including Facebook, Twitter and even Craigslist”

Nothing to worry about, then...


22 posted on 06/26/2011 8:43:28 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: ruralvoter

>>It means anything you’ve ever said in public on sites including Facebook, Twitter and even Craigslist could be seen by your would-be employer.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2008231/How-youve-EVER-said-internet-seen-employers-government-approves-Social-Intelligence-Corp.html#ixzz1QRYjmeL7
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I was going for a high clearance job so I scrubbed my Facebook account and stopped sharing anything. It must have worked since I got the clearance.

But I do not say anything controversial on any web site where I am not anonymous. If it is clearly me it is all about “have a nice day and isn’t everything grand?” I don’t get into what I really think unless there is no tie to me. I’ve never mentioned my web site here. I probably never will, unless I don’t need a job.


23 posted on 06/26/2011 8:45:18 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: proudtobeanamerican1

They don’t know who you are on FR unless you use your name.


24 posted on 06/26/2011 8:48:00 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: ruralvoter

Only if the courts can force JimRob to give up our ID’s......


26 posted on 06/26/2011 8:50:41 PM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: ruralvoter

For as long as I’ve been on the web, I have always operated on the assumption that any and everything I put on the internet can and will be seen by anyone in the universe.


27 posted on 06/26/2011 8:51:37 PM PDT by giotto
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To: muawiyah

>> “Every utterance you make on the internet is copyrighted and you own the copyright.” <<

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Not so on lots of sites, especially facebook. You have to accept their agreement, which gives them the right to use everything that you post to their site.


28 posted on 06/26/2011 8:54:28 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: ruralvoter

I am coming up with a big “So what?” regarding this trend. I don’t have a Myspace or Facebook account, the only thing I have posted on Craigslist are household things I want to sell. Even if my real name and FR handle were associated somehow, I stand by what I say here even though a lefty might not like it. If I am not hired because a boss doesn’t like my politics, then I probably didn’t want to work for them anyhow.

I think this only negatively impacts those people who post every stupid detail of their lives on Facebook or Twitter including all their drunken partying and such.


29 posted on 06/26/2011 8:58:20 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: gaijin

This doesn’t work....America still hired Erkel Mugabe as Precedent !


30 posted on 06/26/2011 8:59:59 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: ruralvoter
"Meah see, you'll never find me online coppers- meah, see!"


31 posted on 06/26/2011 9:03:07 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: giotto

I don’t need to worry, b/c whenever I post anything obscene or defamatory, I always use the screen name “Anthony Weiner.”


32 posted on 06/26/2011 9:04:04 PM PDT by LyinLibs (All moslems are somewhere on the killing-you spectrum)
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To: giotto

Me too. And I have offended many people. And I don’t care.


33 posted on 06/26/2011 9:06:53 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: ruralvoter

I use an alias for everything. Just my closest friends and fam know it.


34 posted on 06/26/2011 9:07:48 PM PDT by ExtremeUnction
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To: ruralvoter

Chyea, a lot of companies are in the same boat. You wouldn’t believe how many prospective employers I’ve searched on the net, and turned their offers down after that. It’s a two way street.


35 posted on 06/26/2011 9:12:51 PM PDT by Sarajevo (The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Earl is also a middle name that you don’t want.


36 posted on 06/26/2011 9:15:34 PM PDT by ExtremeUnction
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To: Kirkwood

Don’t ever love your company because it will never love you back.


37 posted on 06/26/2011 9:16:44 PM PDT by ExtremeUnction
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To: Kirkwood

My boss can piss up a rope. Then again, I work for myself;)


38 posted on 06/26/2011 9:16:44 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: ruralvoter

The government’s first instinct here is to let the big employers do as they please. Most in the government are bought and paid for and they will not be concerned about the privacy rights of ordinary citizens unless those citizens rise up in mass to throw some of them out of office.

Opinions expressed on the internet by individuals have probably been viewed like confidential, inside your own castle conversations by many (however naively) up until now, especially by the majority who never disclose their correct name, etc.

But there is no doubt that many employers will intrude and meddle in the private lives of employees and potential employees as much as they can get away with it, even when there have been no indications at work that there are any problems.


39 posted on 06/26/2011 9:17:14 PM PDT by Will88
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To: MNDude

I’ve been wondering about this software that they claim to have.

I know for certain that it possible for software to analyze the writings of people and, given enough material, derive a chillingly accurate profile of the author. Supposedly, in a few paragraphs, it is possible to determine your sex, your age (give or take a few years), your education/income, and sometimes your general location - all without any direct clues. It shouldn’t be that difficult to assign certain characteristics to each unique entity on a board and match them closely to other boards, only one of which might contain the user’s actual identity.

In other words, if you are on Facebook, your writing style may give you away here. So, don’t think that you are “safe” - which is why I may or may not be on any social networks.


40 posted on 06/26/2011 9:29:15 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: MNDude

I’m continually amazed at the things some of my Facebook aquaintances say on that site. One of them liked to post about his drinking binges (he was under 21 at the time). Another continually trashes her ex-husband—I think she will live to regret that when he gets fed up and takes her to court to modify custody/child support of their son. You can learn a lot about a person on Facebook, much of it info that person didn’t consciously intend to convey.


41 posted on 06/26/2011 9:34:38 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: Huntress

Haha! Worst fb posting I saw was this woman announce she had STD’s and wanted prayers!


42 posted on 06/26/2011 9:39:54 PM PDT by MNDude (so that's what they meant by Carter's second term)
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To: proudtobeanamerican1

“How do they track our freerepublic posts?”

I don’t know, but my boss knows everything I have ever posted.

Of course...I am my “boss” ;-)


43 posted on 06/26/2011 9:43:06 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: ExtremeUnction
I use an alias for everything. Just my closest friends and fam know it.

Really? You had me fooled. I thought that your name was Edward Xavier Tremeunction. :-)
44 posted on 06/26/2011 9:44:05 PM PDT by irishjuggler
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To: ruralvoter

My last three bosses were so inept, the businesses are no longer in business. Attractive men in expensive business suits does not equate to competence (nor does how long the company has been in business or how well known is the company name).


45 posted on 06/26/2011 9:59:07 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: ExtremeUnction

Oh shoot! My brother’s middle name is Wayne and I have two people in my family with the middle name Earl.


46 posted on 06/26/2011 10:07:54 PM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper
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To: ruralvoter

Oh, oh. My boss is an extreme Democrat.

Hope he doesn’t find the posts here where I said that Obama is a colossal twit who should be impeached, that Jimmy Carter is basically a traitor and that Democrats in general tend to be be liars and sex maniacs.


47 posted on 06/26/2011 10:07:59 PM PDT by garjog
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To: MNDude
"Haha! Worst fb posting I saw was this woman announce she had STD’s and wanted prayers!"

That Florence Henderson is shameless.

48 posted on 06/26/2011 10:41:36 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: muawiyah
Every utterance you make on the internet is copyrighted and you own the copyright. All you need to do is assert your right.

I would suggest posting on the interwebs is more like sending a letter to the editor.

If you don't want it to be public, you shouldn't publish it.

Email communication, in theory, is private, but a public post? Not so much.

49 posted on 06/26/2011 10:51:08 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: G Larry
Only if the courts can force JimRob to give up our ID’s......

Uh, just in case, I want to state that everything I have ever said on FR is just a joke, boss.

50 posted on 06/26/2011 10:56:43 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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