Blacklisting, whereby people are denied work because of their political beliefs or affiliations, is illegal and allegedly no longer practised. But in our current surveillance society, a host of other intrusive practices have replaced it. Private companies may be vetting us for work, for example. And spy agencies, the police, and government departments may be gathering and sharing data – all without our knowledge.
This article is a follow-up to a previous article on blacklisting by the Economic League and the Consulting Association. It will explore historical cases of state/private collusion in the blacklisting industry, as well as more recent developments in the surveillance society.
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