Uber Criticized for Background Checks, But Many Services Do Far Less

August 28, 2015 | posted in: Uncategorized | by

In a new case of mixing good information with bad, several California counties have brought a civil suit against ride-sharing service Uber on the grounds that their background checks do not meet state standards. Taxi drivers are required to submit to a LiveScan fingerprint check, which the counties insist is "the most comprehensive form of […]

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Montana Adds Background Checks for Bus Drivers

Montana is requiring all of its school bus drivers to get a background check after an internal audit found 64 drivers with a criminal history, including drunk driving. Prior to this, the only requirement for being a bus driver was having a clear driving record. source

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Pennsylvania to Waive Fees for Volunteers

June 12, 2015 | posted in: Background Check Requirements | by

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that volunteers who work with children will now have to pay less to get a background check through the state. They are required to clear several checks, which typically cost nearly $40. That cost will be reduced to approximately $16 after the fee waivers. This allows volunteers—who do not […]

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Ohio’s Background Check System Falls Short

April 28, 2015 | posted in: Uncategorized | by

A recent investigation has concluded that the fingerprint-based background check system used by the state of Ohio to screen state employees, childcare workers, emergency response personnel and gun owners is massively flawed and has cleared thousands of people with criminal records. This could, for example, allow convicted felons to obtain handgun permits. Attorney General Mike […]

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Lyft Is Targeted by Class-Action Suit

March 17, 2015 | posted in: Uncategorized | by

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against ride-sharing service Lyft, alleging that the company arbitrarily cut off a promotion that would have given drivers a $1,000 bonus. The criteria was apparently how long it took their background check to clear. If it did not clear by a certain date—regardless if it eventually came back clear—the […]

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Washington State Begins Enforcing New Gun Background Check Law

December 15, 2014 | posted in: Gun Laws, Privacy | by

Washington has begun enforcing Initiative 594, a law which expands the use of background checks to cover virtually all gun sales, including private and online sales. This makes all gun buyers go through the same process regardless of where they buy a gun. The type of check being conducted—the FBI's National Instant search—is far from […]

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US Government Terminates USIS Contract

September 9, 2014 | posted in: Uncategorized | by

Amid ever-increasing scrutiny and a data breach over the summer, the United States Government has decided not to renew their contract with USIS, which has performed outsourced Office of Personnel Management work since its inception in 1996. USIS is also accused of massive fraud in supplying hundreds of thousands of incomplete background checks to the […]

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USIS Breach Raises Red Flags

September 2, 2014 | posted in: Data Breaches, Privacy | by

A recent breach at USIS that exposed at least 25,000 background checks of federal employees is under scrutiny for what critics are saying is a lack of proper security. USIS handles background checks for the Department of Homeland Security, and yet there are doubts as to whether they properly encrypted or secured their data. At […]

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Removing Background Checks from Gun Sales in West Virginia

June 5, 2014 | posted in: Gun Laws | by

Individuals with a concealed handgun permit will no longer have to submit to a background check when buying a gun from a licensed dealer in West Virginia. The Attorney General has ruled that the process of obtaining a concealed handgun permit qualifies as an alternative to a background check as defined in the Brady Handgun […]

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Gaps in Reporting Criminal Records

Fugitives are often able to purchase firearms illegally because the National Instant Background Check System is not always up to date. There are two distinct governmental gaps that are not updated on a regularly. The first is from the local court to the state. The second is from the state to the FBI. If the […]

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