Rolotune launches social network for privacy-conscious job seekers

If you’ve ever looked for a new job online, you’ve probably heard LinkedIn is one of the best places to go hunting. Still, there’s always the concern your boss might see you’ve been updating your profile, or that co-workers or rivals might see exactly what your job experience is and do a bit of stalking.

Enter Rolotune, a new social network aiming to protect users’ privacy while helping them search for work. This week, the Toronto-based startup launched its platform for professionals looking to keep tighter control over their personal data, while still being able to look for new opportunities.

Using Rolotune, job-seekers are able to communicate with others, put in applications, and showcase blog posts on their skills and expertise. The platform is also open to recruiters who want to post job opportunities, look at applications, and hunt for potential candidates.

Essentially, Rolotune is like a more privacy-oriented LinkedIn, with the founders having kept the “privacy by design” approach in mind when they built the site. In fact, there are very few bells and whistles with this particular platform, with a very plain site design and user interface.

Still, as a pushback to the amount of data other social networks are demanding, Rolotune users have a lot of leeway when it comes to choosing what information they want to share with others – for example, they can ensure certain personal details can only be displayed to recruiters.

The founders also encrypted its traffic using SSL, and they also said their site sticks by the principles outlined in PIPEDA, or the Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

“At the core of our social platform is the idea that it provides our users with more choice as well as flexibility in personal data sharing and communications, and we will continue to actively extend our website functionality to maintain and grow its usefulness for curious and active professionals who are privacy conscious and value their time spent on the web,” said the company’s founders, in a statement.

“We do not constrain our users with necessity to share detailed and sometimes confidential information about their work experience and expectations with any website users, either in case when they are actively looking for jobs or open for more attractive opportunities.”

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