At present, there are professional background check services. They use advanced technology and human intelligence to search the public and criminal records. However, even with the most innovative techniques, errors are possible. You should familiarize yourself with the problems which can occur during the screening process and learn how to resolve them in the most effective manner. That way, you will be able to protect your privacy and reputation as well.
Wrongfully Reported Charges
In cases when criminal charges were reduced, dismissed or expunged by the authorities, they must not appear on the records and must not come out during a background check. However, due to bureaucracy or errors made by the authorities, information about these charges can be found by employers and educational institutions. If this happens to you, you need to contact both the screening company and the local authorities to see where the error has come from and demand that it is corrected. It should be fixed without you having to pay any fees or other charges.
Announcement of Private Information
The law gives employers, educational institutions and other interested parties access only to certain pieces of private information. The public announcement of some private details is not allowed. The regulations vary from state to state, but typically details which cannot be revealed include those for petty crimes such as smoking marijuana, minor offences committed during childhood or committed over ten or twenty years ago and others.
If such information about you is wrongfully revealed, you must ask the screening service to correct it. If you believe that this has harmed you in any way, you have the right to demand compensation. Keep in mind that there are laws preventing employers from discriminating based on private information.
Criminal Identity Theft
This is the most serious issue which can occur during a background check. If the check reveals that you have committed criminal offences and you have not or if it shows that you are delinquent on loans which you have not taken out, you may be a victim of identity theft. In this case, you need to contact your local police department to report the crime and consult a lawyer to see what other measures you must take. You should contact the credit bureaus to inform them of this as well. You need to request all the information which was produced by the check so that it can be used for the investigation.
The background check is a valuable tool and must be used correctly. Any issues occurring in the process must be resolved timely so that any damage is effectively fixed.