Why do we keep having to ask people to give us their email addresses?
It’s not uncommon for businesses to require employees to send in their social security numbers and other identifying information to obtain a job.
But for many, the requests are too intrusive.
“It’s a little bit creepy,” said Emily Meehan, the owner of Laundry and Dry Cleaning in Portland, Oregon, who was fired from her job last year after telling her manager that she had to submit her social security number.
“I think it’s sort of scary to do this because you’re not going to get a job,” she added.
“And then I feel like I’m being told that this is going to help me in my job search.”
And some companies are taking a more proactive approach to enforcing the privacy rules.
On Monday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other advocacy groups issued a statement asking Congress to require employers to give employees at least 30 days’ notice of the request and to provide notice to the employer that it may request the information.
“Employers need to understand the legal requirements for the types of requests they will receive and how they will respond,” said Michaela Shaffer, a spokeswoman for the Chamber, in a statement.
“This includes when employees have the right to opt out of providing the requested information.”
Business owners and other service providers are also trying to stay out of the data-gathering business.
But not all companies are on board.
“We want our customers to know what’s happening with our data,” said Ryan Minkin, president and CEO of Darden Restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia.
“The company is not going through our customer records for anyone’s email address.”
Darden says it will continue to abide by the law.
And Minkon told Buzzfeed that Darden would not provide customers with any information about their personal information.