How B.C. Privacy Law Limits Employee Criminal Background Checks

We came across this blog post from McCarthy’s discussing the nuances of employee or volunteer criminal background checks in B.C. and the limits imposed by Provincial privacy legislation.

In other sectors, record checks may be unnecessary and highly privacy-invasive. As former BC Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham points out in her 2014 report on the Use of Police Information Checks in British Columbia (the “Denham Report”), little research has been conducted on the usefulness of record checks. Additionally, record checks can reveal sensitive personal information about a person’s past activities, including mental health information such as apprehensions and suicide attempts, prior convictions, penalties and outstanding charges, and details about adverse contact with police, including investigations that do not result in charges and charges that do not result in convictions. This information may be untested and unproven.

Read the entire blog post here.