Came across a rather interesting article care of News.com.au:

“Fears Google Hire could allow employers to see your entire search history

THE tech giant is working on a job site called Google Hire, which could let prospective employers snoop your embarrassing search history.”

 

Beyond the obvious Big Brother implications of this service offering from our dear friend Alphabet/Google, I see 50+ years of Civil Rights and anti-discrimination legislation vanishing in a puff of logic.

No recruiter is going to sit and sift through hundreds of thousands of search terms, so the next step is the creation of filters that will only pass through job candidates that meet the designated parameters of race, religion, gender, orientation, opinion, spending habits, on and on ad nauseum. Anything and everything having nothing to do with the candidate’s ability to perform the work the company is hiring for.

And this filtration process will be next to impossible to litigate because something as simple as the number of times a person searched for the word “cancer” could be used as a filter parameter. Is the person worried about disease, or their horoscope? It won’t matter because that resume will never be presented to the recruiter.

How does one prove bias against this in court?

It would take some pretty resourceful attorneys to detect such a subtle bias pattern, and then Company X lays the blame on Alphabet/Google because it is Google’s system. “Obviously THEIR algorithm is flawed because WE would NEVER discriminate.”

You going to sue Alphabet?

A better investment would be Lotto tickets.

Welcome to the brave new algorithm.

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