Recently I got a request from the business contacts platform linkedin, asking if I might share all my email addresses and passwords with them. They want automatically go through my mail account’s address books to find new contacts for me. They promise, that my passwords are save with them and they will use them entirely for the described purpose.
A year ago they asked me to change my linkedin password, because they became the victim of large scale data theft and my login was stolen. I think linkedin is testing, if I am completely crazy and exclude me automatically from head-hunter activities.
They should make sure that people, who are willing to share their passwords with them, let’s call them the simple minds, stay away from positions with responsibility. Rating agencies could fine tune their ratings of companies and countries based on the enrichment of simple minds in management or political positions.
On the other hand, the US watchlist could be cleared from false positives by the intersection with simple minds. The likelihood of founding a labour union is inversely correlated with the rate of simple minds among the employees. Political parties and marketing agencies should adapt their campaigns to simple minds, because this is a growing subgroup in the population. They are receptive for stupid ideas as long as you have an explanation for it and it is much easier to steer and control them.
As soon as you are successful with such a request like linkedin, you could consider to go down on an even lower level. You could ask them about their personal relationships, about the food that they like, their holiday destinations, and lots of other private stuff.
Oh wait, this idea is not really new. Seems like, I am living in the wrong century.