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January 21 2015

Police Too Prying in Volunteer Background Checks

"A privacy watchdog is calling on B.C.'s privacy commissioner to investigate whether police departments are being too intrusive in the questions posed to potential volunteers and employees. The B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association said several police departments are collecting ""unnecessary, inappropriate and excessive personal information"" from people applying for paid and unpaid positions. The non-profit association was approached by someone applying for a volunteer position with the Delta Police Department's community police section. The Victoria Police Department has stopped doing criminal record checks until the province comes up with new legislation regarding what information should be released."