In another attack on your privacy, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has given a job agency the “go ahead” to archive Facebook information.
According to Forbes, the Social Intelligence Corp. has gained approval to archive posts, photographs and any other information you provide publicly not only on Facebook, but also on other social networking sites like Twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn, YouTube and yep, even your very own blog. This information will then be used when performing background checks for jobs.
Social Intelligence Corp. is a consumer agency reporting company that provides pre-employment screening and background information on potential employees for clients.
This means that all those drunken cruise pictures and comments you made about your boss, best friend or baby will appear in a database that is kept for 7 years and may be accessed by your future employer or clients.
So, what can you do?
Make your information private and avoid posting photos, videos and comments that you wouldn’t want available for everyone.
Social Intelligence Corp. is only allowed to mine data from public information, so any information that you have set to “private” cannot be saved for future retrieval.
Check out these great tips from AllFacebook.com on updating your privacy settings for Facebook. Until then, don’t post anything that you wouldn’t want shown on the big screen at an arena full of people.
Jacqueline Wilson is a wife, mother, published author and freelance writer who is well aware that future clients will be able to retrieve photos of her in a sock monkey hat and believes some things are worth the risk. Jacqueline writes here, on Prime Parents’ Club, and on her observational parenting humor blog, WritRams.com: Writer Ramblings on Parenting Imperfectly. Follow her on Twitter as @WritRams or on Facebook.[/author_info]