March 8, 2017
I’ve recently added to my headhunter nightmares writings a few pieces about Dice.com and how they’re collecting and selling inaccurate profile data about developers. They claim to scrape this data from public online sources, yet won’t disclose from where, nor offer developers access to the profile to correct inaccurate data. They sell the data to paying customers of their “Open Web” platform without my knowledge or consent, making me appear to be on the job market when I wasn’t.
For example, their profile about me had me listed as a “former lead engineer at SendGrid”, making me appear unemployed, but fully releasing my contact information for recruiters to call and email me several times per week over a period lasting several years. When I confronted recruiters about spamming me, they all told me they got my profile from Dice so clearly I must be looking for a job.
Dice’s platform also listed me as a J2EE developer, an ASP/.NET developer, and more. I’ve never programmed in any of those platforms, so where did they get this data? They won’t divulge their sourc(es) of information.
TalentBin is wrapping up a class-action lawsuit that has been dragging on for a few years about this exact same practice, yet it appears that Dice.com has dodged a similar lawsuit, and I’m wondering why.
My related articles:
- Dice.com SCAM – Selling inaccurate developer profiles!
- Dice.com SCAM – response from Dice representative
When I confronted Dice about this, their rep told me that I should just shut down all of my social media presence if I didn’t want them to scrape my data.
Dice has read my blog, they’ve seen the posts I’ve written above, and they have never once disputed any of my claims, including that they’re SELLING INACCURATE DATA about developers on their Open Web platform.
The only response I’ve had from Dice on the matter is that they’ve agreed to remove my profile from their Open Web platform. It’s clearly a money-maker for them, but don’t recruiters and businesses learn very quickly that the data they’re being sold is inaccurate??