Find a job cookies, online identifiers and the suspension, disentitlement and sanction of my JSA or UC claim

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Even when asked by you to create a 'Find a job' account and upload my CV as part of a JSA or transfer to UC claim, without a shadow of a doubt I will never accept 'Find a job' cookies on any DWP controlled device or any associated ISP at a DWP location or or other devices at a library, my home or anywhere else. I am not very happy for any JSA or UC claim to also be associated to my IP address or other online identifiers and for you to ask or expect me to share with you any 'Find a job' record of job applications I make or job search activity or saved jobs history if you
can force me to create an account, accept these cookies or upload my CV. So will you then suspend, disentitle or sanction any live in-payment JSA or transfer to UC claim I have due to not wanting to do what you may ask outlined above and why can you do this?

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Wilson

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Frank Zola left an annotation ()

DWP ‘Find a job’ is mandatory for claimants?
“DWP staff will not have access to view jobseeker accounts, CVs or activity/application history”
It is unclear whether this just means claimants will be mandated not only to FaJ but other sites, or that a claimant would be able to avoid being mandated to FaJ by registering with and uploading their CV to “other” and “more appropriate” jobsites?

“Find a job or other jobsites
1. As part of making use of the resources available to them to look for work, we can
reasonably expect most claimants to make best use of Find a job or other jobsites.”
Source: DWP ‘05 Work Search Review‘ – accessed 15/5/18

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Above is brief analysis and comments on these 'Find a job' disclosures @
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

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Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,

OK. I need the docs/guides and info you have that I and JCP customer will get a benefit sanction penalty solely because I/WE DO NOT agree the *Acceptable use policy* you created here https://findajob.dwp.gov.uk/acceptable-u... after being notified to apply for a specific job only can bw apply for on https://findajob and setting up, using and apply for jobs on it has been included in my commitments (claimant comittment). Why should I consent to these penalty benefit requirements as I DO NOT OPT IN TO THEM?

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Wilson

Acceptable use policy

By using our https://findajob.dwp.gov.uk/acceptable-u... site you accept these terms

Please read these terms of use and corresponding documents carefully. By using the ‘Find a job’ service you confirm that you accept these terms and that you agree to comply with them. If you do not agree to these terms, you must stop using the site and the online content immediately.

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Frank Zola left an annotation ()

DWP says:

"Claimants cannot be mandated to use the Find a Job website specifically.” [1] and “The recorded information we hold that supports this is contained in” FOI disclosure 2046 [2] of 15/5/18 as discussed in ”‘DWP ‘Find a job’ is mandatory for claimants?‘ [3]
Key words: “specifically” and “use”
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[1] https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/4...

[2] https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

[3] https://mrfrankzola.wordpress.com/2018/0...

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DWP Minister: “Use of the Find a job website is not compulsory for claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Universal Credit (UC)”
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Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,

So you can't by any means force me to accept cookies on a Jobcentre computer used for customers only or
stop me turning them off?

When I turn off cookies on all computers (and those at the Jobcentre), my smart phone or tablet you won't
sanction me will you? As I DO ONLY CONSENT to apply for Jobs on Find a job that DO NOT need all those Find a job cookies?

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Wilson

DWP Strategy Freedom of Information, Department for Work and Pensions

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.

You can expect a reply by 16th July 2018 unless I need to come back to you to clarify your request or the balance of the public interest test needs to be considered.

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Yours sincerely

DWP Strategy FoI Team

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Frank Zola left an annotation ()

Recommended 'Find A Job' info

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