It has become a semi-common occurrence in this age of social media and prominent online personas of rather reserved private individuals for potential employers to employ Facebook “creeping,” as my brother would so articulately put it, as a sort of background check. However, the line of both moral and ethical issues become swiftly blurred in the pursuit in what is a truely acceptable form of invasion of privacy.
However, the recent trend has not seen potential employers only stop at searching what has been publicly plastered to the world’s wall, but also the incorporation of scanning the private e-mail accounts of current employees, as well.
Yes, that’s correct. Now, not only your public information is open to investigation by “the man,” but even the most deeply personal e-mails in your private account are subject to search at the sole and (most of the time) ironically indiscretionary discretion of the corporation that employs you. Admittedly, now the Twitter trolling and such tomfoolery seems increasingly more mundane.
Excuse me, Mr. Corporate America, sir. I don’t feel like you have owned my soul enough today. I just don’t feel like a mindless drone quite yet. It’s not enough you grudgingly pay me minimum wage to do the grueling tasks you can think of without as much as a thumbs up in my direction. Would you like to come home with me and rummage through my sock drawer, as well? Only then can I feel like I have been adequately robbed of my identity.
I mean, there has to be a line drawn somewhere. This seems like way too far. I’m promise you I’m not speaking ill of you, sir, in my e-mails or trying to build a bomb or plotting world domination with Pinky and the Brain so stay out of my e-mails. There’s no reason for that. If I have something to say, you can find it right here.