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BC Privacy Commissioner To Examine Database

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—CANADA

March 28, 2011

BC Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has announced that her office is examining the use of a police database for background checks on job applicants, Vancouver Sun reports. In the wake of concerns by the BC Civil Liberties Association, Denham's office is reviewing the use of the BC Police Records Information Management Environment--which contains at least the names of 85 percent of the province's residents--to check criminal records for employment purposes. "This is a very complex issue involving multiple jurisdictions, multiple data linkages, competing interests and the overlap of at least five different laws," Denham said, adding, "we need to be sure that the process is fair and justifiable, both ethically and legally."
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