Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Meet Reid Hoffman, the billionaire founder of LinkedIn. In a video, he shares with an audience at Davos his opinion about your privacy concerns.

The founder of LinkedIn, the largest social network for professional people in the world says “all these concerns about privacy tend to be old people issues.”

“Old people” issues? Are you even allowed to say something like that these days? And that’s how the founder of LinkedIn feels about your privacy?

Well, I can’t speak for every internet company founder, but I can tell you that most of us think privacy issues are very, very important, and that Reid’s viewpoint does not represent internet executives as a whole.

Those of us in the job industry have a special duty and responsibility to treat your privacy with care, because privacy issues are especially important in the job search. When the economy is bad, and your company might be looking to cut employees, and you’re trying to make your mortgage… privacy issues aren’t old people issues, they’re normal people issues.