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July 16, 2014
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The Ministry for Communications, Science and Technology in Tanzania,

The Ministry for Communications, Science and Technology in Tanzania, announced, on 31 March 2014, that the Personal Data Protection Bill is being developed as part of its cybersecurity initiative, following the rapid growth in the information communications and technology sector (ICT) within the country. 'Although we have seen the benefits [of ICT] in various fields including education, health, business, communications infrastructure, there were also challenges [regarding] misuse of the Internet for example, theft of money through the Internet leaks of confidential information, [and] loss of intellectual property'

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March 25, 2014
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Fingerprints and Photos Could be Part of Background Check Record in the USA

Many jobs require background checks on applicants, including for those who would have direct contact with vulnerable adults. However, as more data on the individual is required and as technology advances, state agency policies regarding secure storage and data destruction need revision.

Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester, pictured) sponsors HF2467 that would allow the Department of Human Services to fully automate and expand the electronic background study system, and collect fingerprints as a requirement to fill certain jobs where a person would have direct contact with a vulnerable adult. It would also provide for the length of time the information would be retained and a procedure for the subject of the background check to access it. After hearing the bill on Tuesday, the House Civil Law Committee moved it to the House Judiciary Finance and Policy Committee.

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March 24, 2014
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A regional marketer at a non-profit lottery candidacy was rejected after it became known that he was being investigation on suspicion on bribery

A regional marketer at a non-profit lottery organization submitted his candidacy for the same position in a new tender published by the lottery. However, his candidacy was rejected after it became known that he was being investigation on suspicion on bribery in connection with a previous tender published by the lottery. While his candidacy was being considered by the committee, the candidate received an unofficial notice that the case against him had been closed due to lack of evidence.

Nevertheless, his candidacy was rejected. The candidate appealed to the courts, hoping that the lottery’s decision would be overruled, but his claim was dismissed. The court argued that the fact that the investigation was pending and no decision had yet to been taken to file an indictment did not render such suspicion irreverent. The challenge is to strike the correct balance between an employer’s legitimate interests in protecting its business from candidates who are convicted criminals and society’s legitimate interests in facilitating the rehabilitation of repentant criminals.

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