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July 29 2014

Tighter Rules for Criminal Background Checks Urged

"Lawmakers and police agencies are being urged to tighten regulation of criminal background checks to prevent the disclosure of irrelevant and potentially reputation-shattering personal information. Canadians are routinely denied jobs or volunteer positions over unfounded allegations, suicide attempts, and charges that were later withdrawn, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association says in a report released over the weekend. A ""patchwork"" of privacy and human rights legislation across Canada means protection against employment discrimination isn't guaranteed, the report said."