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On April 15, 2020, Counselor commented on The risks of collecting employee health data :

Thanks for sharing Amina. I am frankly surprised/horrified that an employer in the US can capture and collect sensitive data such as health and wellbeing parameters through a Fitbit-type of device. In my view, consistent with European standards and regulations: (i) employees should own this data and should have full control over it; (ii) only with explicit consent could employers have access to the data; (iii) data provided to the employer should never be used against the employee (eg. in disciplinary measures, for promotion purposes, etc.); and (iv) this kind of sensitive information should be stored in safe environments/servers and the employer should not be able to share the info (whether anonymized or grouped collectively) with any other third party.

On April 14, 2020, Counselor commented on Amazon’s Warehouse Wristbands :

Apart from a violation of employee privacy, this feels like a de-humanization of employees, who are treated as a monitored and paced pair of hands and legs. If Amazon wants a tool that is able to precisely locate and move objects around a warehouse, I believe the company should invest in robots. I thought that the times where employees were treated as interchangeable and emotionless resources/inputs where over, but I might be wrong… ☹

On April 14, 2020, Counselor commented on Assessing HireVue’s Algorithmic, Video-Based, Assessment :

Although I understand the potential efficiency of automatized video-assessment, I am skeptical that you can measure precisely a person’s ability to communicate with other humans using a recorded interview where the candidate was speaking to a camera with no or little human interaction.
Some people might feel uncomfortable/weird speaking to a camera, despite being excellent face-to-face communicators, good at articulating arguments when interacting with another human being and/or adaptative (in tone, speed or length of responses) based on its interlocutor’s non-verbal communication signs. Likewise, other poor in-person communicators might have the opposite effects and feel less nervous and more confident speaking to a machine rather than to another human being.
Therefore, I believe that a product like HireVue should be a complement, but not a substitute for in-person assessments.