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Chapter 1 -
The Illusion of Anonymity
Finding Criminal History
Many people are surprised that their entire
history is available in public records. For just a few dollars,
reliable background checks can reveal times in a personís life when
they have been charged with a crime and whether they were convicted
of that crime.
These reports are commonly used to pre-screen
employees and can be obtained without a personís knowledge or
consent. This is especially onerous because a potential employer is
free to disqualify a candidate, even if they are bound by law not to
consider charges that were dismissed. On most job applications,
there is an area provided for an authorizing signature. Applicants
should be aware that by providing a signature, they may be
consenting to a background check.
One might think that a DUI (Driving Under the
Influence) or a DWI (Driving While Impaired) arrest should not
matter to an employer since the job they are applying for entails
crunching numbers or preparing meals. An employer might agree, or
if they feel the personís record is an indicator of future job
performance, they might decide to hire someone else. The following
is a mock-up of a criminal background check. Note the high level of
detail, with complete dates, charges and outcomes.
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