Report warns job seekers to guard privacy

Thursday, 13 November 2003, 11:15 AM EST

People who look for work on the Internet may be giving away personal information that could compromise their privacy, according to a report released Tuesday.

Employment Web sites often gather reams of personal information, from Social Security numbers and demographic data to Web browsing statistics, said Pam Dixon, who started the World Privacy Forum and wrote the report. Sharing that information could expose it to identity thieves or put it into the hands of third-party marketers, she said.

"Why is it that a person has to go online and give up data to get access to jobs?" said Dixon, who recently left the University of Denver's Privacy Foundation.

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