I disagree with this. I don't think it is legitimate. I can't trust upwork to keep my extremely crucial private information from being stolen no matter how encrypted they are. There is an easy way to verify your location. You IP address shows your macaddress and where you logged in from. This is sufficent.
It is EXTREMLEY stupid of them to ask for other forms of verification specially when the client has not even interviewed me. If the need be I can show my ID over skype which is much safer.
"contact Upwork directly and obtain anything you need" contravenes EU GDPR regulations
Will the next step be a sample of DNA? Urine and Blood samples?
I understand that in the US the corporation is king but across the pond things are geared much more toward individual rights to privacy and confidentiality
I understand that there is an issue in regards to freelancers claiming to be located in such and such a country as I have been a freelancer for a while.
It's all a race to the bottom....
I agree with you. I don't like them asking for such personal information. It is a breach of privacy. I live in USA and once the employer hires me, I can provide this information to them. If they are in the same city, I can even go to them.
It is sooo frustrating that upwork has all these ridiculous restrictions which stops qualified candidates from applying for those reasonable gigs.
I mean for such a low amount employers can't be picky. They raised extremely high requirements for getting hired permanently. But here in this arena, they MUST be flexible about those requirements because they are paying peanuts.
I qualify for this job but unfortunately this guy doesn't even calls me for the interview and assess it himself.
Thank you for your feedback, Asher.
While we did consider using other data for location verification such as activity logs, they've proven to be insufficient. If you choose to go through location verification by uploading an image of your ID, any data will be encrypted and securely processed, and your image will not be stored by Upwork. You are not required to share your ID with us, however you will need to do so if you wish to submit proposals for jobs marked as “U.S. Only” under the “My Job Feed” tab.
It's also recommended not to share your personal information directly with a client.
I understand your concern. If you choose to go through location verification by uploading an image of your ID, any data will be encrypted and securely processed and your image will not be stored. Please note that if you don’t want to upload your ID you can still use Upwork to submit proposals for all other job posts except for those with a U.S. location requirement.
I checked your account but couldn't identify the client you are referring to. I would recommend not to meet this request, as this is very unusual for clients to ask for their freelancers.
Please flag this client's job post as inappropriate so that actions can be taken against the client's account.
I would like to ask you to check out the Safety First! section of the freelancer resources we compiled and tips for avoiding questionable jobs, for more information about working safely through Upwork.