Employers want your social network passwords.
Facebook have Responded to an increasing number of reports of employers seeking to gain “inappropriate access” to social network profiles of job applicants. The online social media giant Facebook has issued a warning to employers.
in a recent blog posted on the company website – ‘Protecting Your Passwords and Your Privacy’ – that the practice of asking job applicants for their social media passwords “undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user’s friends” and could potentially expose businesses to “unanticipated legal liability.”
This is another step closer to the nightmarish big brother world written about in the Orwell classic 1984.
“It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself–anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face…; was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime…”
– George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 5
The continual erosion of privacy accelerates each day the constant development of technology and the pervasion of said technology means we are all tied in to a grid, a system. This system is controlled by those with power they wish to manipulate and control the populace.
As an example we can look to Britain. The country has an estimated 4.2 million cctv cameras, this gives the possibility for a citizen to be monitored 24hours a day if they so wish. Government agencies and the arms manufacturer BAE Systems intend to begin using drones for the surveillance in the upcoming Summer Olympics. Police forces have signed on to a scheme of “surveillance, monitoring and evidence gathering” to introduce unmanned aerial vehicles. The drones stay airborne for up to 15 hours with monitoring equipment such as high-definition cameras, radar devices and infrared sensors and reach heights of 20,000 feet. There are some that say this is necessary to monitor terrorist threats. Well that is all well and good but the state declares who is classed as a terrorist and if they should decide, that could be each person that disagrees with their ideas.
Now before you shout ‘crazy!’ think back to the start of” the war on terror” In the US there was the introduction of the patriot act followed by NDAA(national defense authorization act). The new laws and powers handed to police in the UK after the London bombings. we are becoming ever more state controlled.
For those who have not watched Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 we have posted below it is an interesting film which documents some of these changes in the USA post 911 and highlights how one can easily become an enemy of the state.
So what can we do you ask?
Well it is not a lost hope the technology works both ways it can be used to watch the watchers. We need to stay informed keeping our eyes on the laws and regulations which are passed and the new technologies that are introduced. The state can only move forward if people stand idly by.
If you really wish to try and escape the grid maybe this will help:
The UK continues to push for more invasive policies.