jobmatch UK government to spy on computers of unemployed

The UK government is to spy on the computers of jobseekers to make sure they are actually looking for work, an approach which could reduce welfare numbers, but also marks a major invasion of privacy.

The UK government is to spy on the computers of jobseekers to make sure they are actually looking for work, an approach which could reduce welfare numbers, but also marks a major invasion of privacy.

 
Claimants of benefit in the UK can look for jobs through the new Universal Jobmatch website, which presents people with potential job opportunities that match their skills on their CV. 
 
All sounds well and good, but users may be tracked using cookies to see how many jobs they are looking at and if they are turning down valid jobs to live off the dole. Government advisors can then impose sanctions on the jobseekers to encourage them to get back into the workforce.
 
jobmatch UK government to spy on computers of unemployed
 
The privacy implications are huge, but the system is entirely voluntary, as the UK cannot monitor people's online activities without user consent, thanks to laws imposed by the European Union, a fact that will put the minds of more privacy conscious jobseekers at rest.
 
Iain Ducan-Smith, Secretary for Work and Pensions, said the programme would reolvutionise how people would look for work. More than half of the 690,000 people who signed up for the service so far have granted permission for the government to spy on their job browsing.