I read this post on Instagram, and the on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, because tools are redundant in 2014, and this IT recruiter said that recruiters are stalkers. Recruiters utilize the tools available to them to find the mete of your character. I wouldn’t go on a date without looking up my suitor online first.
When you share personal information on the inter web, starting with Facebook you better use discretion because that information is available to any one and every one. Facebook is very insecure. Then there is LinkedIn, oft considered a networking tool, not social media, and that’s also not secure. Twitter could be classified as microblogging, in 140 characters or less. But if you don’t lock your Twitter account and make it Private, any one can see your profile and your witticisms, or lack thereof.
Take that a couple degrees further from social media and videos of your band, Bad Sleep Well, are available for years afterward on YouTube, a video sharing site. Lastly, you started a blog. A blog is a very public journal. If that inter-based journal is publicized by you or others on the aforementioned websites, your information is picked up by the bots within two weeks. Then there are all the little ways people can find information about someone online and off. If you attended the same University, or graduate school, your information is available to other Alumni from that University, as an example.
Then there is a simple Google search of your name and city. It’s advised that we all check our public profile every month, just like checking your Credit Score yearly; G-d only knows whose information could show up as your information; however woefully inaccurate.
When you’re an Attorney, your life can be laid bare by journalists. You don’t even need a career-making win to be in the media. Slow news days warrant ambulance-chasing journos if your case involves sex with a minor, large amounts of heinous drugs like Meth or Heroin, child prostitution, or you’re Denny Hecker.
A whole myriad of ways for your seemingly innocuous life as an ACA to be littered all over the web. I was talking to a Canadian friend who is an attorney, she is aghast that Americans can be discriminated against if they have a misdemeanor. She’s shocked that job seekers have to undergo background checks, credit checks and drop a UA. These invasions in to our private life would prompt lawsuits in Canada, or so she told me.
I did some digging after that phone call and found out that American corporations use identity theft as their reason for making people jump through these hurdles in order to have their intellect plundered. Think about that for a second. I’m a writer. I rarely have access to classified or personal information, and if I do it’s because I’ve been vetted. But say I want the least amount of responsibility as possible and I want to perform data entry of non-critical information for a manufacturer, or I’m Rosie the Riveter; I still have to lay bare my life and I have no recourse if I am discriminated against, because in America, if you have been arrested, people assume you’re guilty. If you’ve been charged with a crime and that crime is dismissed because the prosecutor doesn’t have enough information, it still pulls up in your background check and then you have to admit you had a pill in your jeans pocket that didn’t belong to you.
The Internet didn’t just open up facts, information that was well researched and only available in book form; it opened up opinions and tastes, habits and recipes. “All the extravagance and incompetence of our present Government is due, in the main, to lawyers, and, in part at least, to good ones. They are responsible for nine-tenths of the useless and vicious laws that now clutter the statute-books, and for all the evils that go with the vain attempt to enforce them. Every Federal judge is a lawyer. So are most Congressmen. Every invasion of the plain rights of the citizens has a lawyer behind it. If all lawyers were hanged tomorrow, and their bones sold to a mah jong factory, we’d be freer and safer, and our taxes would be reduced by almost a half.” — H. L. Mencken