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This curated topic is intended to discuss news items that relate to the work we do in at Reliability Screening Solutions. Located in Ottawa, Canada we specialize in processing Canadian criminal history checks. These checks, often referred to as a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC), can be provided by either submission of fingerprints or name and date of birth. RCMP certified criminal history checks are processed with the submission of fingerprints to the RCMP Real Time Identification system (RTID). Canadian police certificates, or Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) checks, search your name and date of birth against the RCMP national repository of criminal records. Depending on the foreign country, both types of results can be authenticated by Ottawa-based foreign embassies for international visa applications. Our primary focus is to serve the needs of Canadians and former residents of Canada who currently reside outside of Canada and need to provide evidence, through the submission of fingerprints, that they do not have a criminal record in Canada. Canadians applying for a visa to work abroad and foreign nationals immigrating to Canada or applying for a work visa in Canada are our primary clients.
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Public servants face credit checks, fingerprinting in new security screening regime

Public servants face credit checks, fingerprinting in new security screening regime | Canadian Criminal Background Checks | Scoop.it
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...
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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 changes, fingerprints can not.

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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.

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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.
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Greg Wilson's curator insight, October 6, 2013 9:00 AM

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.

Greg Wilson's curator insight, March 3, 2015 7:47 PM

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.

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Ontario must close loopholes on name changes, critics say

Ontario must close loopholes on name changes, critics say | Canadian Criminal Background Checks | Scoop.it
Critics are urging the Ontario government to tighten the rules for name changes to prevent people with criminal records from hiding their pasts.
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Fingerprints clearly should be required for a name change; however, it is important to note that you can still change your name if you have a record.  In British Columbia and Alberta, the fingerprint submission to the RCMP adds the individual’s new name to the existing criminal record so that both names are now associated with the criminal file. 

 

In regards to residency, it is interesting that you can change your name after having lived in Canada for only 1 year, whereas you would not be able to work in the Federal Government, with the lowest level of screening, unless you have lived in the country for a minimum of 5 years. 

 

It seems to me that this is a simple policy to change, as Reliability Screening Solutions Inc. ( www.ReliabilityScreening.ca ) is able to provide fingerprint-based checks in less than 3 days from anywhere in Ontario.  Starting in July of 2014, the RCMP stopped accepting ink fingerprints. This is a non-issue because we are able to convert your ink files into digital submissions at our Ottawa scanning facilities.  The RCMP is also targeting July of 2015 as the end date for name-based criminal record checks, ending the problem of name changes. 

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, April 28, 2014 10:26 AM

Fingerprints clearly should be required for a name change; however, it is important to note that you can still change your name if you have a record.  In British Columbia and Alberta, the fingerprint submission to the RCMP adds the individual’s new name to the existing criminal record so that both names are now associated with the criminal file. 

 

In regards to residency, it is interesting that you can change your name after having lived in Canada for only 1 year, whereas you would not be able to work in the Federal Government, with the lowest level of screening, unless you have lived in the country for a minimum of 5 years. 

 

It seems to me that this is a simple policy to change, as Reliability Screening Solutions Inc. (www.ReliabilityScreening.com) is able to provide fingerprint-based checks in less than 3 days from anywhere in Ontario.  Starting in July of 2014, the RCMP will not be accepting ink fingerprints. This is a non-issue because we are able to convert your ink files into digital submissions at our Ottawa scanning facilities.  The RCMP is also targeting July of 2015 as the end date for name-based criminal record checks, ending the problem of name changes. 

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Suspected terrorist links to synthetic ID fraud are being 'ignored'

Suspected terrorist links to synthetic ID fraud are being 'ignored' | Canadian Criminal Background Checks | Scoop.it
Banks self-insure because it is cheaper to pay for client loss claims then to buy biometric based fraud prevention systems.The growing problem of synthetic identity fraud is raising concerns that terrorist cells could be linked to these schemes, experts say.
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Banks self-insure because it is cheaper to pay for client loss claims then to buy biometric based fraud prevention systems.

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, March 5, 2014 9:15 AM

Banks self-insure because it is cheaper to pay for client loss claims then to buy biometric based fraud prevention systems.

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Police: Fingerprint search led to 1977 escapee

Police: Fingerprint search led to 1977 escapee | Canadian Criminal Background Checks | Scoop.it
A Michigan officer's decision to look through old files on fugitives led investigators to a woman who escaped from a Michigan prison 37 years ago and was living in San Diego, authorities said Wednesday.
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The article says - "many police agencies had fingerprints that matched Hayman's but under different names."  I still can't believe that employment screening and visa applications aren't all fingerprint-based.  At Reliability Screening Solutions Inc., we do this kind of screening every day for people around the world.  We are able to receive ink fingerprints from any country and search them against the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records within seconds.  It is simple, it is cheap, and it is the only type of search that the RCMP will certify.

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, February 5, 2014 7:38 PM

The article says - "many police agencies had fingerprints that matched Hayman's but under different names."  I still can't believe that employment screening and visa applications aren't all fingerprint-based.  At Reliability Screening Solutions Inc., we do this kind of screening every day for people around the world.  We are able to receive ink fingerprints from any country and search them against the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records within seconds.  It is simple, it is cheap, and it is the only type of search that the RCMP will certify.

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Michigan May Ban Employers From Considering Criminal History In Hiring - ThinkProgress

Michigan May Ban Employers From Considering Criminal History In Hiring - ThinkProgress | Canadian Criminal Background Checks | Scoop.it
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Rather, employers would need to wait until they either conducted a background check, or asked about criminal history in an interview.
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I have to admit that the title of this article is certainly provocative. It is a waste of everyone’s time to bring a candidate to an interview and then have to ask them about their criminal history. I would guess that whether or not an individual has a criminal history would then have to be the first interview question, which is not a very positive point at which to start. In Canada, Reliability Screening Solutions Inc. receives calls on a daily basis from people wondering if we can help them get a security clearance to qualify of federal government employment.  They want to be “prequalified” to work on projects that are periodically posted by the federal government at https://buyandsell.gc.ca/.  Companies can qualify employees, but individuals outside of a company can not be prequalify.  This becomes a big issue for companies when they finally find out that one of their employees cannot receive a security clearance, as it affects the way in which the company can operate and they need to restrict the access of that employee within their company.  Companies that already hold a Designated Organization Screening (DOS) or Facilities Security Clearance (FSC) issued by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) are familiar with the Personnel Screening, Consent and Authorization Form TBS/SCT 330-23E.  These companies are aware that within that form is a check box that states, “Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offence for which you have not been granted a pardon?” As a result, to avoid issues with security clearances the applicants answer during an interview could eliminate them from further consideration.  Unfortunately, individuals may unknowingly answer “yes” to this question when in fact they actually have no criminal history. For certain types of dispositions, if you wait for the records to be automatically expunged from Canadian Databases, you will not have a "criminal record" here, or anywhere you go. It has been my personal experience that many people believe they have a criminal record, but they have never really thought to take the time to find out for sure.  It doesn’t matter where you live in Canada or anywhere around the world, we can quickly find out for you if you have a record in Canada.

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, November 15, 2013 10:23 AM

I have to admit that the title of this article is certainly provocative. It is a waste of everyone’s time to bring a candidate to an interview and then have to ask them about their criminal history. I would guess that whether or not an individual has a criminal history would then have to be the first interview question, which is not a very positive point at which to start. In Canada, Reliability Screening Solutions Inc. www.ReliabilityScreening.com receives calls on a daily basis from people wondering if we can help them get a security clearance to qualify of federal government employment.  They want to be “prequalified” to work on projects that are periodically posted by the federal government at https://buyandsell.gc.ca/. ; We are able to help companies prequalify, but because of current PWGSC policies we are not able to help individuals outside of a company qualify.  This becomes a big issue for companies when they finally find out that one of their employees cannot receive a security clearance, as it affects the way in which the company can operate and they need to restrict the access of that employee within their company.  Companies that already hold a Designated Organization Screening (DOS) or Facilities Security Clearance (FSC) issued by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) are familiar with the Personnel Screening, Consent and Authorization Form TBS/SCT 330-23E.  These companies are aware that within that form is a check box that states, “Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offence for which you have not been granted a pardon?” As a result, to avoid issues with security clearances the applicants answer during an interview could eliminate them from further consideration.  Unfortunately, individuals may unknowingly answer “yes” to this question when in fact they actually have no criminal history. For certain types of dispositions, if you wait for the records to be automatically expunged from Canadian Databases, you will not have a "criminal record" here, or anywhere you go. It has been my personal experience that many people believe they have a criminal record, but they have never really thought to take the time to find out for sure.  It doesn’t matter where you live in Canada or anywhere around the world, we can quickly find out for you if you have a record in Canada.

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Cop record checks are prompting B.C. probe - The Province

Cop record checks are prompting B.C. probe - The Province | Canadian Criminal Background Checks | Scoop.it
Cop record checks are prompting B.C. probe The Province Denham said that while a criminal record check is a report of someone's prior convictions, penalties or outstanding charges pulled from a national police database, such information can also...
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This creates a very good case for using a third-party screening company to conduct your criminal history checks.  Companies such as Reliability Screening Solutions Inc. (RSSI) are strictly governed under the terms of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a Canadian Police Service and the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC).  RSSI is not permitted to disclose any conviction or non-conviction information when conducting CPIC searches.  If a CPIC indicates that there may be a criminal history, then the applicant can declare their convictions and our police service partner will provide a confirmation that the declared conviction records are complete.  Standard CPICs do not check non-conviction data.  We can also request an adjudication of non-conviction data that other police services will determine requires further investigation with the applicant’s local police service.  Non-conviction information is never exposed – this is appropriate for both the applicant and the employer.  Employers in general do not want the burden of managing personal information, so less is better as long as the security of their business and their other employees is protected.  Police services that release all information are essentially abdicating their responsible to protect the applicant in favour of the employer.  Our CPIC MOU exists to ensure that the interest of the CPIC, employer, and the applicant are taken into account.

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, November 2, 2013 12:52 PM

This creates a very good case for using a third-party screening company to conduct your criminal history checks.  Companies such as Reliability Screening Solutions Inc. (RSSI) are strictly governed under the terms of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a Canadian Police Service and the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC).  RSSI is not permitted to disclose any conviction or non-conviction information when conducting CPIC searches.  If a CPIC indicates that there may be a criminal history, then the applicant can declare their convictions and our police service partner will provide a confirmation that the declared conviction records are complete.  Standard CPICs do not check non-conviction data.  We can also request an adjudication of non-conviction data that other police services will determine requires further investigation with the applicant’s local police service.  Non-conviction information is never exposed – this is appropriate for both the applicant and the employer.  Employers in general do not want the burden of managing personal information, so less is better as long as the security of their business and their other employees is protected.  Police services that release all information are essentially abdicating their responsible to protect the applicant in favour of the employer.  Our CPIC MOU exists to ensure that the interest of the CPIC, employer, and the applicant are taken into account.

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Changes needed to keep background checks in check, critics say - Ottawa Citizen

Changes needed to keep background checks in check, critics say - Ottawa Citizen | Canadian Criminal Background Checks | Scoop.it
Changes needed to keep background checks in check, critics say
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J.N., who has no criminal record, asked the Durham Regional Police Service to remove the reference from her background check but they refused.
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There are a number of ways to get a criminal background check completed in Canada.  The most consistent and fair practice is probably via third party checks because they are strictly governed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between a Canadian Police Service (CPS), a third party provider like Reliability Screening Solutions Inc. and the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC).  There are three main types of name and date of birth based checks that are conducted, the most basic being a standard CPIC check.  Third parties conducting a CPIC check will only be able to report that a conviction does or does not exist, no details are provided and no non-conviction data is evaluated or reveal; conviction details can only be provided with the submission of fingerprints.  The second type of submission available is a CPIC declaration where an individual can declare the conviction that is in their criminal record.  Again, the only information that is provided to and available from the third party screening company is that the criminal record is confirmed or not.  For companies that may be interested in a more comprehensive screening of employees there is also an option where a third party screening company can request an adjudication of other information held in the CPIC database.  In this case, the CPS will review other non-conviction data and either recommend that the individual go to their local police service to complete the file, or they will provide a certificate that there is no relevant data of concern.   The case of JN the search would, based on the information provided, likely have been returned clear for both the CPIC conviction and non-conviction information with everyone involved appropriately protected.  

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, October 19, 2013 10:27 PM

There are a number of ways to get a criminal background check completed in Canada.  The most consistent and fair practice is probably via third party checks because they are strictly governed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between a Canadian Police Service (CPS), a third party provider like Reliability Screening Solutions Inc. and the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC).  There are three main types of name and date of birth based checks that are conducted, the most basic being a standard CPIC check.  Third parties conducting a CPIC check will only be able to report that a conviction does or does not exist, no details are provided and no non-conviction data is evaluated or reveal; conviction details can only be provided with the submission of fingerprints.  The second type of submission available is a CPIC declaration where an individual can declare the conviction that is in their criminal record.  Again, the only information that is provided to and available from the third party screening company is that the criminal record is confirmed or not.  For companies that may be interested in a more comprehensive screening of employees there is also an option where a third party screening company can request an adjudication of other information held in the CPIC database.  In this case, the CPS will review other non-conviction data and either recommend that the individual go to their local police service to complete the file, or they will provide a certificate that there is no relevant data of concern.   The case of JN the search would, based on the information provided, likely have been returned clear for both the CPIC conviction and non-conviction information with everyone involved appropriately protected.  

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Fingerprinting of wives & children of expatriates tied to security:MoI

Fingerprinting of wives & children of expatriates tied to security:MoI | Canadian Criminal Background Checks | Scoop.it
News Details (Fingerprinting of wives & children of expatriates tied to security:MoI (via @Pocket) http://t.co/iByN9gzAyd)
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This article may explain the sudden rise in requests for Canadian fingerpirnt based criminal record checks we are currently conducting for people seeking work visas in Kuwait.  You should also know that these criminal record checks need to be authenticated by both the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Kuwait before they can be used for the visa application.

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, October 7, 2013 7:34 PM

This article may explain the sudden rise in requests for Canadian fingerpirnt based criminal record checks we are currently conducting for people seeking work visas in Kuwait.  You should also know that these criminal record checks need to be authenticated by both the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Kuwait before they can be used for the visa application.

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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.
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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.

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, October 6, 2013 9:00 AM

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.

Greg Wilson's curator insight, March 3, 2015 8:45 PM
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.
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Province to legislate what police can disclose about innocent Ontarians | Toronto Star

Province to legislate what police can disclose about innocent Ontarians | Toronto Star | Canadian Criminal Background Checks | Scoop.it
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.
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Greg Wilson's curator insight, March 3, 2015 9:05 PM

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.

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Russia Wants to Fingerprint All Foreigners Applying for Visas - RIA Novosti

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This Russia Wants to Fingerprint All Foreigners Applying for Visas
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MOSCOW, February 7 (RIA Novosti) – Fingerprinting will become mandatory for all foreigners seeking to enter Russia, a senior consulate official said Friday.


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this is a test to see how the content from my scoopit sight will get posted on the new RSSI blog this will be in the Canadian-criminal .... category of the website

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, February 9, 2014 2:18 PM

It makes a lot of sense to fingerprint visa applicants - Canada also fingerprints visa applicants.  It is probably more important to make sure that applicants provide a fingerprint-based criminal history check from all the countries in which they have lived.  We provide fingerprint-based RCMP certified criminal record checks for citizens and former residents of Canada to a growing number of countries.  We have completed some for Russia as well, and it is important to note that not only did we need to have the results authenticated by the Russian Embassy in Ottawa, but a Russian translation of the certified results was also required.

Greg Wilson's curator insight, February 11, 2015 2:48 PM

It makes a lot of sense to fingerprint visa applicants - Canada also fingerprints visa applicants.  It is probably more important to make sure that applicants provide a fingerprint-based criminal history check from all the countries in which they have lived.  We provide fingerprint-based RCMP certified criminal record checks for citizens and former residents of Canada to a growing number of countries.  We have completed some for Russia as well, and it is important to note that not only did we need to have the results authenticated by the Russian Embassy in Ottawa, but a Russian translation of the certified results was also required.

Greg Wilson's curator insight, March 3, 2015 8:32 PM

It makes a lot of sense to fingerprint visa applicants - Canada also fingerprints visa applicants.  It is probably more important to make sure that applicants provide a fingerprint-based criminal history check from all the countries in which they have lived.  We provide fingerprint-based RCMP certified criminal record checks for citizens and former residents of Canada to a growing number of countries.  We have completed some for Russia as well, and it is important to note that not only did we need to have the results authenticated by the Russian Embassy in Ottawa, but a Russian translation of the certified results was also required.

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Russia Wants to Fingerprint All Foreigners Applying for Visas - RIA Novosti

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This Russia Wants to Fingerprint All Foreigners Applying for Visas
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MOSCOW, February 7 (RIA Novosti) – Fingerprinting will become mandatory for all foreigners seeking to enter Russia, a senior consulate official said Friday.

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It makes a lot of sense to fingerprint visa applicants - Canada also fingerprints visa applicants.  It is probably more important to make sure that applicants provide a fingerprint-based criminal history check from all the countries in which they have lived.  We provide fingerprint-based RCMP certified criminal record checks for citizens and former residents of Canada to a growing number of countries.  We have completed some for Russia as well, and it is important to note that not only did we need to have the results authenticated by the Russian Embassy in Ottawa, but a Russian translation of the certified results was also required.

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, February 9, 2014 2:18 PM

It makes a lot of sense to fingerprint visa applicants - Canada also fingerprints visa applicants.  It is probably more important to make sure that applicants provide a fingerprint-based criminal history check from all the countries in which they have lived.  We provide fingerprint-based RCMP certified criminal record checks for citizens and former residents of Canada to a growing number of countries.  We have completed some for Russia as well, and it is important to note that not only did we need to have the results authenticated by the Russian Embassy in Ottawa, but a Russian translation of the certified results was also required.

Greg Wilson's curator insight, February 23, 2015 1:20 PM

this is a test to see how the content from my scoopit sight will get posted on the new RSSI blog this will be in the Canadian-criminal .... category of the website

Greg Wilson's curator insight, March 3, 2015 8:32 PM

It makes a lot of sense to fingerprint visa applicants - Canada also fingerprints visa applicants.  It is probably more important to make sure that applicants provide a fingerprint-based criminal history check from all the countries in which they have lived.  We provide fingerprint-based RCMP certified criminal record checks for citizens and former residents of Canada to a growing number of countries.  We have completed some for Russia as well, and it is important to note that not only did we need to have the results authenticated by the Russian Embassy in Ottawa, but a Russian translation of the certified results was also required.

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

Province to legislate what police can disclose about innocent Ontarians | Toronto Star | Canadian Criminal Background Checks | Scoop.it
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.

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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.

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Trying to see if I can create a new category on the fly

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Father ordered to quit after CRB check wrongly labels him a hardened criminal - Daily Mail

Father ordered to quit after CRB check wrongly labels him a hardened criminal - Daily Mail | Canadian Criminal Background Checks | Scoop.it
Daily Mail Father ordered to quit after CRB check wrongly labels him a hardened criminal Daily Mail David Reay was wrongly identified as being guilty of offences including burglary, theft and possession of cocaine when details of a criminal with a...

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Expanding Background Check for Childcare Providers

Expanding Background Check for Childcare Providers | Canadian Criminal Background Checks | Scoop.it
Elly Lafkin’s baby, Cami, died tragically two years ago in a home daycare center in Harrisonburg, Va. She and her family experienced firsthand the need for expanded legislation regarding Virginia’s current background check process for childcare providers.
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Fingerprint based checks are the only way to know for sure who you are dealing with  - why wouldn't this be the standard - this should be a very short study.

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, May 31, 2014 12:20 PM

Fingerprint based checks are the only way to know for sure who you are dealing with  - why wouldn't this be the standard - this should be a very short study.

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Backlog in Toronto police criminal-background checks puts jobs at risk

Backlog in Toronto police criminal-background checks puts jobs at risk | Canadian Criminal Background Checks | Scoop.it
The Toronto Police Services Board is grappling with how to manage a backlog in police background checks that grows by 200 new requests each day and reached almost 17,000 requests last year.
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The solution to this problem is pretty straightforward and I am sure that Toronto Police Service is working towards the same goal.  There are currently dozens of private fingerprinting agencies in Toronto and the surrounding area that are accredited, by CCRTIS a division of the RCMP, to process VSS fingerprint-based checks.  The bottleneck is that to comply with the CCRTIS regulations the individual must first go to a police service and then be referred to a fingerprint agency.  If all VSS applicants had to first go to the private fingerprint agency, all the police service would have to do is receive the search results and issue the certificate to the VSS agency.  Reliability Screening Solutions itself has enough manpower in Toronto to easily handle the current VSS backlog.  I am optimistic that the workflow for VSS checks will soon change so that these checks can be processed without the need for police service additional funding.

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, April 10, 2014 9:25 AM

The solution to this problem is pretty straightforward and I am sure that Toronto Police Service is working towards the same goal.  There are currently dozens of private fingerprinting agencies in Toronto and the surrounding area that are accredited, by CCRTIS a division of the RCMP, to process VSS fingerprint-based checks.  The bottleneck is that to comply with the CCRTIS regulations the individual must first go to a police service and then be referred to a fingerprint agency.  If all VSS applicants had to first go to the private fingerprint agency, all the police service would have to do is receive the search results and issue the certificate to the VSS agency.  Reliability Screening Solutions itself has enough manpower in Toronto to easily handle the current VSS backlog.  I am optimistic that the workflow for VSS checks will soon change so that these checks can be processed without the need for police service additional funding.

Greg Wilson's curator insight, February 11, 2015 1:50 PM

The solution to this problem is pretty straightforward and I am sure that Toronto Police Service is working towards the same goal.  There are currently dozens of private fingerprinting agencies in Toronto and the surrounding area that are accredited, by CCRTIS a division of the RCMP, to process VSS fingerprint-based checks.  The bottleneck is that to comply with the CCRTIS regulations the individual must first go to a police service and then be referred to a fingerprint agency.  If all VSS applicants had to first go to the private fingerprint agency, all the police service would have to do is receive the search results and issue the certificate to the VSS agency.  Reliability Screening Solutions itself has enough manpower in Toronto to easily handle the current VSS backlog.  I am optimistic that the workflow for VSS checks will soon change so that these checks can be processed without the need for police service additional funding.

Greg Wilson's curator insight, February 23, 2015 1:24 PM

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Russia Wants to Fingerprint All Foreigners Applying for Visas - RIA Novosti

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This Russia Wants to Fingerprint All Foreigners Applying for Visas
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MOSCOW, February 7 (RIA Novosti) – Fingerprinting will become mandatory for all foreigners seeking to enter Russia, a senior consulate official said Friday.

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It makes a lot of sense to fingerprint visa applicants - Canada also fingerprints visa applicants.  It is probably more important to make sure that applicants provide a fingerprint-based criminal history check from all the countries in which they have lived.  We provide fingerprint-based RCMP certified criminal record checks for citizens and former residents of Canada to a growing number of countries.  We have completed some for Russia as well, and it is important to note that not only did we need to have the results authenticated by the Russian Embassy in Ottawa, but a Russian translation of the certified results was also required.

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, February 9, 2014 2:18 PM

It makes a lot of sense to fingerprint visa applicants - Canada also fingerprints visa applicants.  It is probably more important to make sure that applicants provide a fingerprint-based criminal history check from all the countries in which they have lived.  We provide fingerprint-based RCMP certified criminal record checks for citizens and former residents of Canada to a growing number of countries.  We have completed some for Russia as well, and it is important to note that not only did we need to have the results authenticated by the Russian Embassy in Ottawa, but a Russian translation of the certified results was also required.

Greg Wilson's curator insight, February 11, 2015 2:48 PM

It makes a lot of sense to fingerprint visa applicants - Canada also fingerprints visa applicants.  It is probably more important to make sure that applicants provide a fingerprint-based criminal history check from all the countries in which they have lived.  We provide fingerprint-based RCMP certified criminal record checks for citizens and former residents of Canada to a growing number of countries.  We have completed some for Russia as well, and it is important to note that not only did we need to have the results authenticated by the Russian Embassy in Ottawa, but a Russian translation of the certified results was also required.

Greg Wilson's curator insight, February 23, 2015 1:20 PM

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Wisconsin to join states requiring FBI fingerprint background checks for child ... - Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Fingerprints are really the only way to be sure of who you are screening. The fingerprint-based searches that we conduct at Reliability Screening Solutions Inc. yield a certified Canadian criminal history that is on RCMP letterhead and is embossed with their seal.  More importantly, unlike an FBI search result, a Canadian search result displays the two thumbs and index fingers of the applicant that was searched.  It is a simple procedure for anyone receiving the search result to compare an impression of the applicant's thumbs and index fingers to those on the certificate in order to be certain that they were the person screened.

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, November 6, 2013 4:12 PM

Fingerprints are really the only way to be sure of who you are screening. The fingerprint-based searches that we conduct at Reliability Screening Solutions Inc. yield a certified Canadian criminal history that is on RCMP letterhead and is embossed with their seal.  More importantly, unlike an FBI search result, a Canadian search result displays the two thumbs and index fingers of the applicant that was searched.  It is a simple procedure for anyone receiving the search result to compare an impression of the applicant's thumbs and index fingers to those on the certificate in order to be certain that they were the person screened.

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Father ordered to quit after CRB check wrongly labels him a hardened criminal - Daily Mail

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Daily Mail Father ordered to quit after CRB check wrongly labels him a hardened criminal Daily Mail David Reay was wrongly identified as being guilty of offences including burglary, theft and possession of cocaine when details of a criminal with a...
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David Reay's unfortunate problem could not have occurred in Canada, and could have easily  been avoided.  In Canada, Reliability Screening Solutions is authorized to submit name and date of birth checks, such as the type that would have wrongfully identified Mr. Reay as a criminal.  We conduct these checks because that is an option the clients want because they are very inexpensive and really fast. Fortunately, for people like Mr. Reay these Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) name checks can only result in two possible outcomes, the first outcome “Negative” is that no criminal record could be found and the second “Incomplete” is that a criminal record may or may not exist; no details are exposed.  In the event that the outcome is incomplete, then the applicant needs to submit fingerprints to confirm that the record is or is not really theirs.  In countries where the criminal record is released, such as in  Mr. Reay’s case two individuals are actually hurt in the process; the one who doesn’t get the job and the other person whose criminal record has been exposed to a third party without their permission.  Fingerprint searches are also pretty fast with certified results received in the mail in 3 days, with perfect accuracy.  Why when so much is at stake would you even bother with the inaccuracies and possible liabilities around name checks?  It just doesn’t make sense.

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, October 26, 2013 6:26 PM

David Reay's unfortunate problem could not have occurred in Canada, and could have easily  been avoided.  In Canada, Reliability Screening Solutions is authorized to submit name and date of birth checks, such as the type that would have wrongfully identified Mr. Reay as a criminal.  We conduct these checks because that is an option the clients want because they are very inexpensive and really fast. Fortunately, for people like Mr. Reay these Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) name checks can only result in two possible outcomes, the first outcome “Negative” is that no criminal record could be found and the second “Incomplete” is that a criminal record may or may not exist; no details are exposed.  In the event that the outcome is incomplete, then the applicant needs to submit fingerprints to confirm that the record is or is not really theirs.  In countries where the criminal record is released, such as in  Mr. Reay’s case two individuals are actually hurt in the process; the one who doesn’t get the job and the other person whose criminal record has been exposed to a third party without their permission.  Fingerprint searches are also pretty fast with certified results received in the mail in 3 days, with perfect accuracy.  Why when so much is at stake would you even bother with the inaccuracies and possible liabilities around name checks?  It just doesn’t make sense.

 

Greg Wilson's curator insight, February 17, 2015 2:02 PM

David Reay's unfortunate problem could not have occurred in Canada, and could have easily  been avoided.  In Canada, Reliability Screening Solutions is authorized to submit name and date of birth checks, such as the type that would have wrongfully identified Mr. Reay as a criminal.  We conduct these checks because that is an option the clients want because they are very inexpensive and really fast. Fortunately, for people like Mr. Reay these Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) name checks can only result in two possible outcomes, the first outcome “Negative” is that no criminal record could be found and the second “Incomplete” is that a criminal record may or may not exist; no details are exposed.  In the event that the outcome is incomplete, then the applicant needs to submit fingerprints to confirm that the record is or is not really theirs.  In countries where the criminal record is released, such as in  Mr. Reay’s case two individuals are actually hurt in the process; the one who doesn’t get the job and the other person whose criminal record has been exposed to a third party without their permission.  Fingerprint searches are also pretty fast with certified results received in the mail in 3 days, with perfect accuracy.  Why when so much is at stake would you even bother with the inaccuracies and possible liabilities around name checks?  It just doesn’t make sense.

Greg Wilson's curator insight, March 3, 2015 8:41 PM

David Reay's unfortunate problem could not have occurred in Canada, and could have easily  been avoided.  In Canada, Reliability Screening Solutions is authorized to submit name and date of birth checks, such as the type that would have wrongfully identified Mr. Reay as a criminal.  We conduct these checks because that is an option the clients want because they are very inexpensive and really fast. Fortunately, for people like Mr. Reay these Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) name checks can only result in two possible outcomes, the first outcome “Negative” is that no criminal record could be found and the second “Incomplete” is that a criminal record may or may not exist; no details are exposed.  In the event that the outcome is incomplete, then the applicant needs to submit fingerprints to confirm that the record is or is not really theirs.  In countries where the criminal record is released, such as in  Mr. Reay’s case two individuals are actually hurt in the process; the one who doesn’t get the job and the other person whose criminal record has been exposed to a third party without their permission.  Fingerprint searches are also pretty fast with certified results received in the mail in 3 days, with perfect accuracy.  Why when so much is at stake would you even bother with the inaccuracies and possible liabilities around name checks?  It just doesn’t make sense.

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Toronto Catholic District School Board reviewing police check protocol - Newstalk 1010

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Toronto Catholic District School Board reviewing police check protocol Newstalk 1010 The process comes after the Globe and Mail revealed Payman Aboodowleh, a longtime friend of mayor Rob Ford, used fake names to cover up a violent past to get...
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Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) is intended to investigate the existence of issues that would not normally be found in a standard third-party Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) check which can only identify that convictions may or may not exist.  If an individual has been pardoned, the CPIC check would indicate that no convictions exist.

The biggest concern with CPIC checks is that the results do not include pardoned offences – including, what is a big concern for employers, pardoned sex offences and violent crimes.  For this reason, I am a strong advocate of establishing a baseline with the use of fingerprints.   A fingerprint submission known as a privacy act request for a non-certified criminal history will provide a complete history of all information on that individual that is held in the National Repository of Criminal Records managed by the RCMP here in Ottawa.  These records include information on young and pardon convictions.  Due to their potentially sensitive information, these results can only be returned to the individual.   

The other area of concern is if an individual may have notes in a local police record management systems (RMS) that have not resulted in charges, but could possibly prevent that person from obtaining a VSS certificate.  When police services use the Police Information Portal (PIP) for information sharing which involves police, public safety, and federal agencies across Canada, then this valuable data is available to all police services.   

Once an individual has had a check done with fingerprints verifying that no charges or convictions exist, then it is a simple process to periodically request a premium CPIC.  This premium CPIC would include a review of other CPIC information as well as the PIP data shared through the local police’s RMS.  In short, if there is nothing in the individual’s record to start with, there will be nothing pardoned in the future, so long as you conduct an annual review.    Fingerprint results for clear individuals are returned by mail in 3 days and premium CPICs are returned the same day, so there’s no reason not to take this approach.  Let us know if you need help in your community.

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, October 11, 2013 5:59 PM

Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) is intended to investigate the existence of issues that would not normally be found in a standard third-party Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) check which can only identify that convictions may or may not exist.  If an individual has been pardoned, the CPIC check would indicate that no convictions exist.

The biggest concern with CPIC checks is that the results do not include pardoned offences – including, what is a big concern for employers, pardoned sex offences and violent crimes.  For this reason, I am a strong advocate of establishing a baseline with the use of fingerprints.   A fingerprint submission known as a privacy act request for a non-certified criminal history will provide a complete history of all information on that individual that is held in the National Repository of Criminal Records managed by the RCMP here in Ottawa.  These records include information on young and pardon convictions.  Due to their potentially sensitive information, these results can only be returned to the individual.   

The other area of concern is if an individual may have notes in a local police record management systems (RMS) that have not resulted in charges, but could possibly prevent that person from obtaining a VSS certificate.  When police services use the Police Information Portal (PIP) for information sharing which involves police, public safety, and federal agencies across Canada, then this valuable data is available to all police services.   

Once an individual has had a check done with fingerprints verifying that no charges or convictions exist, then it is a simple process to periodically request a premium CPIC.  This premium CPIC would include a review of other CPIC information as well as the PIP data shared through the local police’s RMS.  In short, if there is nothing in the individual’s record to start with, there will be nothing pardoned in the future, so long as you conduct an annual review.    Fingerprint results for clear individuals are returned by mail in 3 days and premium CPICs are returned the same day, so there’s no reason not to take this approach.  Let us know if you need help in your community.

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Fingerprinting

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This is a very useful badge as fingerprinting is a rapidly growing means of criminal background screening, quickly replacing by simple name and date of birth checks.  The Scouts and many other volunteer and public service organizations routinely conduct civil criminal background screening on their members.

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, October 7, 2013 2:09 PM

This is a very useful badge as fingerprinting is a rapidly growing means of criminal background screening, quickly replacing by simple name and date of birth checks.  The Scouts and many other volunteer and public service organizations routinely conduct civil criminal background screening on their members.

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Police: Fingerprint search led to 1977 escapee

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A Michigan officer's decision to look through old files on fugitives led investigators to a woman who escaped from a Michigan prison 37 years ago and was living in San Diego, authorities said Wednesday.
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Greg Wilson's curator insight, February 5, 2014 7:38 PM

The article says - "many police agencies had fingerprints that matched Hayman's but under different names."  I still can't believe that employment screening and visa applications aren't all fingerprint-based.  At Reliability Screening Solutions Inc., we do this kind of screening every day for people around the world.  We are able to receive ink fingerprints from any country and search them against the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records within seconds.  It is simple, it is cheap, and it is the only type of search that the RCMP will certify.

Greg Wilson's curator insight, March 3, 2015 8:33 PM

The article says - "many police agencies had fingerprints that matched Hayman's but under different names."  I still can't believe that employment screening and visa applications aren't all fingerprint-based.  At Reliability Screening Solutions Inc., we do this kind of screening every day for people around the world.  We are able to receive ink fingerprints from any country and search them against the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records within seconds.  It is simple, it is cheap, and it is the only type of search that the RCMP will certify.

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Backlog in Toronto police criminal-background checks puts jobs at risk

Backlog in Toronto police criminal-background checks puts jobs at risk | Canadian Criminal Background Checks | Scoop.it
The Toronto Police Services Board is grappling with how to manage a backlog in police background checks that grows by 200 new requests each day and reached almost 17,000 requests last year.

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, April 10, 2014 9:25 AM

The solution to this problem is pretty straightforward and I am sure that Toronto Police Service is working towards the same goal.  There are currently dozens of private fingerprinting agencies in Toronto and the surrounding area that are accredited, by CCRTIS a division of the RCMP, to process VSS fingerprint-based checks.  The bottleneck is that to comply with the CCRTIS regulations the individual must first go to a police service and then be referred to a fingerprint agency.  If all VSS applicants had to first go to the private fingerprint agency, all the police service would have to do is receive the search results and issue the certificate to the VSS agency.  Reliability Screening Solutions itself has enough manpower in Toronto to easily handle the current VSS backlog.  I am optimistic that the workflow for VSS checks will soon change so that these checks can be processed without the need for police service additional funding.

Greg Wilson's curator insight, February 11, 2015 1:50 PM

The solution to this problem is pretty straightforward and I am sure that Toronto Police Service is working towards the same goal.  There are currently dozens of private fingerprinting agencies in Toronto and the surrounding area that are accredited, by CCRTIS a division of the RCMP, to process VSS fingerprint-based checks.  The bottleneck is that to comply with the CCRTIS regulations the individual must first go to a police service and then be referred to a fingerprint agency.  If all VSS applicants had to first go to the private fingerprint agency, all the police service would have to do is receive the search results and issue the certificate to the VSS agency.  Reliability Screening Solutions itself has enough manpower in Toronto to easily handle the current VSS backlog.  I am optimistic that the workflow for VSS checks will soon change so that these checks can be processed without the need for police service additional funding.

Greg Wilson's curator insight, March 3, 2015 8:34 PM

The solution to this problem is pretty straightforward and I am sure that Toronto Police Service is working towards the same goal.  There are currently dozens of private fingerprinting agencies in Toronto and the surrounding area that are accredited, by CCRTIS a division of the RCMP, to process VSS fingerprint-based checks.  The bottleneck is that to comply with the CCRTIS regulations the individual must first go to a police service and then be referred to a fingerprint agency.  If all VSS applicants had to first go to the private fingerprint agency, all the police service would have to do is receive the search results and issue the certificate to the VSS agency.  Reliability Screening Solutions itself has enough manpower in Toronto to easily handle the current VSS backlog.  I am optimistic that the workflow for VSS checks will soon change so that these checks can be processed without the need for police service additional funding.

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Father ordered to quit after CRB check wrongly labels him a hardened criminal - Daily Mail

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Daily Mail Father ordered to quit after CRB check wrongly labels him a hardened criminal Daily Mail David Reay was wrongly identified as being guilty of offences including burglary, theft and possession of cocaine when details of a criminal with a...
Greg Wilson's insight:

David Reay's unfortunate problem could not have occurred in Canada, and could have easily  been avoided.  In Canada, Reliability Screening Solutions is authorized to submit name and date of birth checks, such as the type that would have wrongfully identified Mr. Reay as a criminal.  We conduct these checks because that is an option the clients want because they are very inexpensive and really fast. Fortunately, for people like Mr. Reay these Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) name checks can only result in two possible outcomes, the first outcome “Negative” is that no criminal record could be found and the second “Incomplete” is that a criminal record may or may not exist; no details are exposed.  In the event that the outcome is incomplete, then the applicant needs to submit fingerprints to confirm that the record is or is not really theirs.  In countries where the criminal record is released, such as in  Mr. Reay’s case two individuals are actually hurt in the process; the one who doesn’t get the job and the other person whose criminal record has been exposed to a third party without their permission.  Fingerprint searches are also pretty fast with certified results received in the mail in 3 days, with perfect accuracy.  Why when so much is at stake would you even bother with the inaccuracies and possible liabilities around name checks?  It just doesn’t make sense.

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Greg Wilson's curator insight, October 26, 2013 6:26 PM

David Reay's unfortunate problem could not have occurred in Canada, and could have easily  been avoided.  In Canada, Reliability Screening Solutions is authorized to submit name and date of birth checks, such as the type that would have wrongfully identified Mr. Reay as a criminal.  We conduct these checks because that is an option the clients want because they are very inexpensive and really fast. Fortunately, for people like Mr. Reay these Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) name checks can only result in two possible outcomes, the first outcome “Negative” is that no criminal record could be found and the second “Incomplete” is that a criminal record may or may not exist; no details are exposed.  In the event that the outcome is incomplete, then the applicant needs to submit fingerprints to confirm that the record is or is not really theirs.  In countries where the criminal record is released, such as in  Mr. Reay’s case two individuals are actually hurt in the process; the one who doesn’t get the job and the other person whose criminal record has been exposed to a third party without their permission.  Fingerprint searches are also pretty fast with certified results received in the mail in 3 days, with perfect accuracy.  Why when so much is at stake would you even bother with the inaccuracies and possible liabilities around name checks?  It just doesn’t make sense.

 

Greg Wilson's curator insight, March 3, 2015 8:17 PM

David Reay's unfortunate problem could not have occurred in Canada, and could have easily  been avoided.  In Canada, Reliability Screening Solutions is authorized to submit name and date of birth checks, such as the type that would have wrongfully identified Mr. Reay as a criminal.  We conduct these checks because that is an option the clients want because they are very inexpensive and really fast. Fortunately, for people like Mr. Reay these Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) name checks can only result in two possible outcomes, the first outcome “Negative” is that no criminal record could be found and the second “Incomplete” is that a criminal record may or may not exist; no details are exposed.  In the event that the outcome is incomplete, then the applicant needs to submit fingerprints to confirm that the record is or is not really theirs.  In countries where the criminal record is released, such as in  Mr. Reay’s case two individuals are actually hurt in the process; the one who doesn’t get the job and the other person whose criminal record has been exposed to a third party without their permission.  Fingerprint searches are also pretty fast with certified results received in the mail in 3 days, with perfect accuracy.  Why when so much is at stake would you even bother with the inaccuracies and possible liabilities around name checks?  It just doesn’t make sense.

Greg Wilson's curator insight, March 3, 2015 8:41 PM

David Reay's unfortunate problem could not have occurred in Canada, and could have easily  been avoided.  In Canada, Reliability Screening Solutions is authorized to submit name and date of birth checks, such as the type that would have wrongfully identified Mr. Reay as a criminal.  We conduct these checks because that is an option the clients want because they are very inexpensive and really fast. Fortunately, for people like Mr. Reay these Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) name checks can only result in two possible outcomes, the first outcome “Negative” is that no criminal record could be found and the second “Incomplete” is that a criminal record may or may not exist; no details are exposed.  In the event that the outcome is incomplete, then the applicant needs to submit fingerprints to confirm that the record is or is not really theirs.  In countries where the criminal record is released, such as in  Mr. Reay’s case two individuals are actually hurt in the process; the one who doesn’t get the job and the other person whose criminal record has been exposed to a third party without their permission.  Fingerprint searches are also pretty fast with certified results received in the mail in 3 days, with perfect accuracy.  Why when so much is at stake would you even bother with the inaccuracies and possible liabilities around name checks?  It just doesn’t make sense.