I have family telling me that employers for entry level jobs will track down my IP, contact my ISP and look for my download and browsing history. How accurate is this?
Whenever I tell them this, they say something like "don't you know anyone can look into your shit" and they'll mention something like a guy who posts himself beating up a kid on Twitter.
I only use social media to message some close friends.
Seriously, no employer is going to check on your browsing history, because they can't. Those that can won't tell you, and you won't know.
They will, however, probably look through your social media accounts, as some high profile companies want to know who they are hiring. They hire some third party to do this information snooping, so simply don't put out shit on SM that you don't want others to see, and make your facebook for friends only. Problem solved.
Your family are assholes, tho
Not OP but while we're on the topic of spying
What is the chance of an employer asking for medical history? I have a visit to the psych ward for a few days on my record.
Just everyday jobs for private companies for me, nothing government related I am interested in.
Morons.. That's an incredibly tedious and long process nobody would ever do. And it's likely illegal in most places.
Most likely your form of communication doesn't even disclose your IP to the employer. The only way they'd know is if you're filling out a form on their website.
As far as I know, most people's IP's are dynamic, therefore they change everytime you reset your internet. So it's unreliable.
Even if they can somehow manage to get your internet account, they can't track who is using. Many people can use the same WIFI.
It is accurate if you have a job that requires a security clearance for government work. Every three years my neighbors get interviewed because of one of my parent's job. It's been that way since I was a kid.
But no, otherwise no employer has the rights or financial means to be doing this shit to look into their employees. Don't worry, anon. They're looking at my porn, not yours.
Can't be done. Apple is currently in an expensive legal dispute with the US government that wants them to do this with a suspected terrorist, and they are fighting to refuse. It certainly is not available to a random employer.
>old faggots hear news story about how employers check facebook sometimes
>also hear scary story about hackers on steroids on the news
>hm these two things are both computers lets spread paranoid bullshit around now that we have the appropriate buzzwords
unless you're looking for an entry level secret service job?
It'll vary by jurisdiction of course, but something like that is likley to require a warrant or court order, and that in turn would require a valid legal reason to justify the invasion of privacy. In this day and age you can't just aquire someone's personal data without their consent any more than you could break in to their house and root through their draws to see if they've put their socks away in pairs.
I'd also take a guess that your parents aren't particularlly tech savvy. You see things in the news from time to time like people calling in sick for a week then posting photos of themselves in a hotel to facebook and loosing their jobs over it - they're probably just misunderstanding stories like that.
Even if there are some less than favorable results that come up when someone googles your name, it's not allways a dealbreaker. I allways find it quite difficult to get people for entry level/menial positions. Sure, there are allways plenty of applicants, but the trouble is when you advertise a position for £8 an hour the vast majority of people who are willing to work for that kind of money are spectacularly incompetent. At that point, if you can convince me you won't call in sick every monday morning and will actually do some work rather than stand around talking all day I don't care if there's photo's of you in blackface or if you're in to dead penguin porn, I'm just happy to know the floor will get swept without me telling you to do it three times first.
If your prospective employers are the NSA or CIA, maybe. Otherwise, no.
It is not unheard of for employers to do a quick Google search on employees' names (and you can do that to, if you want to see exactly what they see). But this is typically as far as it goes, and it does not include your download or browsing history.
(Actually, it technically COULD include your download or browsing history, IF someone else somehow got that information and put it up on the Web for anyone to see. I've never heard of anyone actually doing that, and if it happens then you have bigger problems to worry about. Still, that's extremely unlikely -like I said, I've never heard of anyone doing it- but it is not impossible).
>If your prospective employers are the NSA or CIA, maybe.
They will just ask you about this stuff in interviews. Their interviews are pretty comprehensive and they will prod you on issues of personal taste, criminal activity, internet history, etc. It won't actually stop you from getting a job there, a lot of them are weirdos.
Like I said, though, you can check this out for yourself: look up your name on Google, Yahoo, and Bing. If you don't find anything unsavory about yourself on the first three pages, your prospective employers won't either.