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.

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