Google: potential employers can't see your browser history when using Google Hire


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Last week, it was reported that Google had launched a new job advertising service that manages applications for recruiters. Following news of Google Hire’s arrival, several publications claimed potential employers could use it to see applicants’ search histories – but this isn’t true.

As noted by Gizmodo, sites including RT, the Daily Mail, the Sun, and an Australian news website all published articles claiming that by signing into the service using a Google account, job seekers are exposing their search histories and YouTube viewing habits to recruiters.

"The site offers the option of using your personal account, prompting you to 'sign in with Google,'" writes the Sun. "[users will] have to make sure they don’t do any x-rated browsing while signed in."

While this wouldn’t be the first instance of a company selling your personal data, the allegations in this case are false. When asked if a potential employer could see a Google Hire user’s search history, either by accident or on purpose, a spokesperson told Gizmodo: “Google does not share private information such as search or viewing history. Only the information that applicants input into Google Hire will be shared—for example, first name, last name, email address, resume, cover letter, etc.”

Google Hire is in the early stages of development and it still isn’t possible to create an account from the homepage, suggesting it’s only open to select customers right now. If you do use the service once it rolls out to everyone, don't worry about your next boss discovering your love of hentai.

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Uncle Al

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Google made LOTS of promises in the beginning and at last count, they have gone back on each one. I certainly doubt a wise person would want to start trusting them now; especially since browser privacy has been eliminated by our "Make America First" administration .....


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A good thing this type of thing hadn't been invented back in the time I used to search for jobs. I would never have been employed, even by the Mafia's extermination division... No. I'm afraid the only person to work for is for yourself but naturally that's an unrealistic option for most people.