What the Internet Knows About You

Imagine that a company could use the Web to rate your health, your employability — even your dating appeal. Welcome to the credit score of the future.Imagine you’re an employer, looking to hire me for a job. You subscribe to a Web site that gives you background information, and this is what you find. Jessica Rose Bennett, 29, spends 30 hours a week on social-networking sites — while at work. She is an excessive drinker, a drug user, and sexually promiscuous. She swears a lot, and spends way beyond her means shopping online. Her writing ability? Superior. Cost to hire? Cheap.In reality, only part of this is true: yes, I like a good bourbon. But drugs? That comes from my reporting projects — and one in particular that took me to a pot farm in California. The promiscuity? My boyfriend of five years (that’s him above) would beg to differ on that, but I did once write a story about polyamory. I do spend hours on social-networking sites, but it’s part of my job. And I’m not nearly as cheap to hire as the Web would have you believe. (Take note, future employers!)
http://www.newsweek.com/2010/10/22/forget-privacy-what-the-internet-knows-about-you.html

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