You should need access to my computer peripherals in any way for any reason. If the government is supposed to get court ordered warrants for that level of access.
And why are you asking for this now after I’ve landed my first contract on Upwork? Now you want to threaten to suspend my account? Why was more thorough verification not done when I was submitting proposals.
You need to come up with a less intrusive option. I’m guessing your plan is record the video and audio from these sessions so that you can automate this process. Well I for one will not participate in that.
Web camera and a microphone are necessary to complete video verification. However, if you for any reasons don't have access to them, please reply to the notification the team sent you about the verification and they will assist you with completing the verification via alternative ways. Additionally, please note that at the moment only your ability to submit new proposals is limited. You are still able to continue working on your current contracts.
I`m sorry that you felt this way and thank you for your feedback, I will share this with our team.
Just to confirm that this short process serves only to verify the information that you have already provided us/listed on your profile, all freelancers on Upwork will need to finish this process. Thank you!
I felt exactly the same way as the other freelancers. In your email, you did not present other options other than video call. I could not see anyone on the other side.
You also said this was a process every freelancer undertakes which I do not believe. It seems targeted.
It was creepy and intrusive and threatening. I plan on reporting this.
Sorry you felt this way about the verification process, Nicole. We'll forward feedback you shared to the team. Just to confirm, were you able to first chat with the agent before switching to the video call?
I checked your account and it doesn't look like currently you are required to complete video verification. The team will notify you when it's necessary.
You may want to add a profile picture to your profile as soon as possible though.
And what about people who has no webcam?
This an abusive way, as people are not informed of the possibility of a video verification, when they begin to use Upwork. This is a site for internet jobs, we don't have to show our face and home.
I have replied today that I had no webcam and that I can reply without any problem by email.
I see you've already updated your ticket with this information. The team will get back to you directly via that ticket and provide an alternative way to verify information on your profile.