As it is no secret, I am Job seeking. Anyway, last week, I went for an interview at an Employment Agency and was enthusiastically greeted when I entered, whereby, the lady who welcomed me in asks me to take a seat, and I thanked her and took a seat. She then said, no love, would you please take that seat “I will sit here” o.k. I sort of felt a quizzical look come on and moved. Well, knock me over with a feather! I was asked to place my right thumb on this contraption (that looked a bit like an upside down mouse, with the red glowing light). I looked at her, to which she replied, “ I just need to take your fingerprints for our files”!
Although I was advised by my sister to keep my mouth shut and not offer opinions, my surprise made me forget. I asked if she was aware that the company was in breach of my Human Rights and well as the Data Protection Act? “Really?” she asked, to which I proceeded to once again, shoot myself in the foot with my big mouth and replied that they would have to obtain my permission to be fingerprinted, and that I would then have to sign an agreement to this which they would keep on record to defend their actions should I choose to make a case of infringement of my rights. Also that fingerprints may only be taken if I was arrested under investigation of a crime or charged with a crime, I thereby diminished my rights. And that I should be treated as innocent until proven guilty.
All the while, I obliged with going through the process because I have nothing to hide, and as having worked on classified components before, I have had the full genealogy and criminal checks done, together with having to sign (way back then) a 25 year no talk about it document. (That was a tough one, for a talker). So I personally do not have a problem with this.
I am just perplexed at the nonchalant way in which all of this is accepted as a way of doing things. Have the Human Rights and Data Protection Act become obsolete?, innocent until proven guilty, not working anymore?
Pretty soon we will be chipped at birth, like motor vehicles fitted with tracking devices at manufacture.
Drive through a toll road and immediately the toll cost can be deducted off your bank account, they have all the information. Interesting thought!