Fingerprinting new screening regime

Unions representing federal public servants are challenging the government’s plans to do credit checks of new and current public servants — and fingerprinting, in many cases — as part of its revamp…

Source: ottawacitizen.com

Criminal background checks and credit check have been part of the government security clearance process for years.  Government contractors routinely consent to these checks even for the lowest level Reliability Status.  The only change here is that fingerprints are being used instead of name and date of birth CPIC checks. This will be welcome relief for individuals who have had the misfortune of having a name and DOB that is a soft match to someone else who has a criminal record – forcing them to always be fingerprinted. Fingerprint based checks protect everyone, the objective here is to be sure of the identity of the person applying for the clearance – names can be changed, fingerprints can not.

Province to legislate what police can disclose about innocent Ontarians | Toronto Star

Ontario will table legislation in the new year detailing what information police can disclose to employers, volunteer agencies and academic institutions about Ontarians who have not been convicted of a crime.

Source: www.thestar.com

Reliability Screening Solutions Inc. is able to conduct criminal background checks using either Name and DOB or fingerprint-based searches.  With the consent of the individual this information can be released to a third party.  With name-based searches, no data is released – the only information provided is a standard response, that we are permitted to release, indicating that no criminal conviction information could be found or that there maybe be something but only a fingerprint-based check will confirm.

Police Trail – mobile electronic fingerprinting – Bapco Journal

Bapco Journal: EDITORIAL CONTENT » Interviews . At the end of last month a hand-held, electronic mobile fingerprinting trail was launched.

Source: www.bapcojournal.com

Fingerprint based searches are way better than simple name and date of birth checks. It is easy to get fake ID but if you search a criminal database using fingerprints it does matter what name an individual is using; if they are in there they will be identified.