Use of Commercial Criminal Databases Becoming More Controversial as Employers Face More Risk when Screening

The use of commercial criminal databases and cheap “do it yourself” background check web sites will be the focus of increased scrutiny and controversy in 2014 as employers face more risk when screening job applicants as the demand for accuracy in background check reports rises. This is Trend Number Three of the 7th Annual Employment …

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Self Background Checks Proactively Conducted by Job Seekers to Help Verify Accuracy of their Public Information

If jobseekers want to get hired for a job these days, they will probably have to undergo a background check. And if they have to undergo a background check, it would be in their best interest to make sure the information found on the background check is accurate, up-to-date, and complete. As a result, some …

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Consumers Learning How to Opt Out of Data Aggregator Background Check Websites that Collect Personal Data

Consumers worried about the privacy of their personal information online will be happy to learn a recent posting on social news website Reddit.com – ‘HOW TO: Remove Yourself from ALL background check websites’ – provides a list of top data aggregator websites that collect the personal information of consumers for “background check” purposes and also instructions on how consumers may …

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New White Paper Examines Accuracy of Instant Background Checks Offered by Phone Apps and Websites

According to a new white paper – ‘Background Check Mobile Phone Apps and Instant Background Check Web Sites: Fast and Easy, But Are They Accurate?’ – users of mobile phone apps and Web sites offering so-called “instant” background checks should be aware that while these services are cheap and easy to use, they may not …

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White Paper Examines Accuracy of Background Check Mobile Phone Apps and Instant Background Check Web Sites

Users of mobile phone apps and Web sites offering “instant” background checks on anyone at any time with little effort or cost should be aware that while these services are fast, cheap, and easy to use, they may not provide entirely accurate information, according to the white paper ‘Background Check Mobile Phone Apps and Instant …

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Online Dating Background Checks Fast and Easy But Not Always Accurate

Is the seemingly nice guy Prince Charming or just a charming sex offender? Just in time for Saint Valentine’s Day, new technology such as online dating background checks can supposedly help users find out the answer to the question above in mere seconds and with little effort or cost. However, while these new online dating background check …

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Background Checks Using Only Internet Search Engines Like Google Can Misinform Employers about Job Candidates

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor A story about a student in Florida who searched his name using the search engine Google and found out he was wanted for murder shows why employers should not just depend solely on Google – or any other Internet search engine – to take the place …

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Employers Should Be Wary of Cheap or Instant Online Criminal Background Checks

By Lester Rosen, ESR President  Numerous internet sites have sprung up in recent years promising cheap or instant background checks that deliver criminal information on anyone. These sites utilize a so-called “National Criminal database” and vendors of such databases typically claim to have compiled millions of records from every state so users can know if someone …

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