Response to the “Today Show” Segment on Background Checks

Last week the Today Show ran a segment that criticized background screening firms for making outrageous errors and costing people potential jobs. As a professional background screener, I take my work seriously. I understand that ratings and page hits bring in ad-revenue, but I feel that the information discussed during this segment was borderline irresponsible. […]

Michigan Court Awards $22 Million Dollar Diploma Mill Lawsuit

A federal Judge for the Eastern District Court of Michigan recently awarded plaintiffs in a civil class action lawsuit $22,783,500.00. The plaintiffs in the case were 33,500 U.S. residents who were deceived into purchasing fraudulent high schools diplomas from “Belford High School”. “Belford High School” and “Belford University” are both based in Pakistan. Belford sold […]

Most Influential People in the Background Screening Industry

Since not a lot of history is out there regarding our industry I thought I might share this post with all of you. Innovators in the Background Check Industry Henry Fielding – The creator of the forerunner to the modern police records system, Henry Fielding’s contributions to law enforcement and modern private investigation is undeniable. […]

HireRight Ordered to pay $2.6 Million for Multiple FCRA Violations

HireRight Solutions, an employment background screening company has been ordered to pay $2.6 million to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that claimed violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to use reasonable procedures to assure the maximum possible accuracy of information contained in their reports. This marks the second largest civil […]

Employers can Query the Last 7 Years of Social Media Activity

Due to a recent ruling by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), social media searches are allowed to be included in the background screening process. This is a somewhat controversial decision, as no regulations are in place to guide employers and background screening companies. What parameters are screening companies going to use when reporting social media […]

Spokeo Charged with Violating FCRA

Spokeo, a data broker that gathers and sells information profiles on millions of consumers, will have to pay $800,000 fine to settle a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charge. The Federal Trade Commission alleges that Spokeo violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by marketing its services to recruiters, Human Resource departments, and Background Screening companies […]

Yahoo CEO Caught Padding his Resume

Recently it was determined that the CEO of Yahoo had “bent the truth” regarding his educational background. Mr. Scott Thompson claimed to receive a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and computer science from Stonehill College. Researchers looking into his background determined that Mr. Thompson had only received a degree in accounting; he never received a degree […]