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Chapter 1 -
The Illusion of Anonymity
Previously, pre-employment background investigations were performed
only when job candidates applied for positions that would place them
in close proximity to sensitive information or large sums of money.
Indeed, it would seem reckless for a company to hire someone who
would have access to significant financial or intellectual resources
without first administering a thorough background inquiry. Clearly,
in cases like this, the inquiry is not only appropriate, but vital.
Recently, this has become a much more prevalent practice as
companies try to select candidates with as few skeletons in their
closet as possible.
Growing Internet usage and an increasing demand has created an
increase in the number of online companies that provide background
checks. Some of these companies produce accurate information and
comply with the legal requirements for information verification.
Others may not take the same precautions and may not be able to
provide the same level of accuracy.
Jordana Beebe is the Communications Director at the Privacy Rights
Clearinghouse. According to Ms. Beebe, one way to ensure a
background search is performed properly and legally and that it
produces accurate results is for an employer to use a recognized
background investigation or employment screening company. This is
important for a couple of reasons. First, working with a reputable
company will help ensure the search complies with the law. Secondly,
some Internet information brokerage firms and programs may turn up
illegal or incorrect information. This could put an organization in
hot water if the reason for not hiring an otherwise ideal candidate
is based on inaccurate information.
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