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Commissioner: Criminal Record Checks Illegal

PRIVACY LAW

July 27, 2012

BC’s privacy commissioner says some government employees are being subjected to illegal criminal record checks, The Victoria Times Colonist reports. Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham’s office concluded an investigation this week, finding that “the government is collecting too much personal information on prospective candidates, conducting criminal record checks for too many positions and failing to properly notify employees.” Denham has said the government must make changes to remedy the problem within a reasonable time. The government has said that it “has a responsibility to ensure the citizens of British Columbia have trust and confidence in public service employees.”
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