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hello everyone

 

i am currently receiving job seekers allowance and have a quick question about advisers requesting to access my data.

 

today i was asked to bring in my passwords and login for indeed.com and the site 'find a job' to my next

(i'm assuming to prove i am applying for the jobs i tell them and also have a sticky beak at my job search history).

 

do they have the right to ask this of me?

 

i know i have to provide proof of applications by way of printouts (which is what i intend to do

 

but i'm not sure they have the right to access these sites with me at the job centre during my signing.

 

thanks in advance and apologies for the unnecessary capital letters in this post.

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ive sorted the formatting for you.

 

not 100% sure on your question but I believe yes you do to prove what you have claimed you've done.

 

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The terms and conditions of virtually all sites that you register with state that passwords should never be given to anybody else. If your work coach insists on you providing that information, ask them to show you the specific legislation that permits them to ask. Then ask that the request is put in writing so that you can lodge a formal complaint with the ICO.

 

In a more general context, you are required to demonstrate that you are actively seeking employment. How you document job searches is entirely up to you and can present the record in what ever manner you desire. This can be copies of emails & letters, or verbally. In recent years, Job Centre policies have become more onerous and a minority of staff try to enforce beyond their remit. Faced with this prospect, it would be advisable not to rock the boat too much. Even so, I wouldn't be handing over login credentials and passwords, but I would have copious quantities of paperwork (suitably redacted).


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No you don't have to provide access to your data, passwords etc.

 

You just need to provide sufficient proof you are meeting your claimant commitment e.g. Job searches.


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I don't think the OP is being asked to hand over their password to their work coach. As I read it OP will be asked to log in themself (keeping the password secret) and then show the work coach what is on the screen. In which case there would presumably be no breach of site rules and nothing to complain to the ICO about.

 

Maybe OP can clarify this.

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There is no way I would be logging into any website on any DWP computer. There is no way I could confirm the integrity of their IT networks, or what cameras I may or may not be captured on whilst entering my password - and therefore I would politely decline.

 

That being said, you must keep your boat on an even keel and try not to upset them too much. As others have said, record your job searches - but you can do this however you choose (I used to hand over a simple 1-2 page summary of my job search activities).

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