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UK Jobless to be remotely monitored by Government

Home - by - December 21, 2012 - 11:30 America/New_York - 7 Comments

Telegraph UK

Benefit claimants will have their online job applications remotely monitored by the Government to see whether they are making serious attempts to find work

From the beginning of next year, the unemployed will have to look for work through the Coalition’s new Universal Jobmatch website or potentially risk losing their benefits.

The website will scan the CVs of benefit claimants and automatically match them up with job openings that suit their skills.

It will also allow employers to search for new workers among the unemployed and send messages inviting them to interviews.

However, the activities of benefit claimants can also be tracked using devices known as “cookies”, so their Job Centre advisers can know how many searches they have been doing, suggest potential jobs and see whether they are turning down viable opportunities.

Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said the scheme would “revolutionise” the process of looking for work.

The tracking element of the programme will not be compulsory as monitoring people’s behaviour online without their consent would not be allowed under EU law.




  1. Troy

    December 21st, 2012

    Won’t happen here.
    ACLU or race-card would nip that in the bud.

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  2. Claudia

    December 21st, 2012

    Back in the early 80s when I was laid off for the first time, I had to prove that I was looking for work. Had to give them a list of company names, phone numbers and persons I spoke with to the unemployment office once a week.

    Now it’s just check yes or no if you looked and were available for work.

    But the government snooping in my computer is NOT the answer. It better not happen. Go back to giving them a list of your contacts and make the government worker pick up the phone and call the companies to verify your list. After all, they should be forced to actually work since we are paying their salary.

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  3. hanoverfist

    December 21st, 2012

    Whats a government WORKER?

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  4. Mountain Dog

    December 21st, 2012

    The UK is toast anyway. They gave way to the muslim population. They will be reaping a nightmare.

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  5. Deep Thoughts From Menderman

    December 21st, 2012

    I hope they will be monitoring Piers Morgan soon.

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  6. thirdtwin

    December 21st, 2012

    How utterly apropos the the native land of Orwell is quickly becoming the real-life set of the movie “Brazil”. Terry Gilliam could make that movie today as a documentary.

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  7. scr_north

    December 21st, 2012

    @Claudia; It was the same thing up hear in the early 70′s. You had to prove you were looking and government officials actually checked. I’m split on this new story though. I wouldn’t want the government tagging me like this but at the same time there is so much fraud and sheer laziness in the Unemployment Insurance systems that something has to be done. Oh, and extending benefits an additional year wasn’t the thing to do.

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