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September 20, 2018
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International Product Changes

We would like to bring the following changes to our international product offering to your attention.

Gibraltar Credit Check​Gibraltar Police have introduced a new ‘Vetting Application Form’. Authorities will no longer accept the old forms. A new instruction and application form is now in place to reflect this change.

Bermuda Criminal Check: Due to unforeseen circumstances the Police vetting office is currently taking longer to complete newly submitted applications. This comes due to finding asbestos in some of fireproof filing cabinets that house Police criminal records. Police are working on a timeline for full restoration of standard service turnaround times and here at Verifile we are monitoring the situation to make sure that all the new applications get processed as quickly as possible, however some delays may be expected.

Costa Rica Criminal Check​: Costa Rica Judicial Registry of the Executive Directorate of the Judiciary have slightly changed the application forms and will no longer accept the old forms. The new application forms are now in place to reflect this change..

Austria Credit Checks: We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer a new Credit check in Austria. This new report will provide a wealth of information:

  • Overview
  • Creditworthiness Rating
  • Negative Events
  • Personal Information
  • Directorships, Profession, Earning Capacity
  • Sociodemographic Data
  • Address Changes
  • Payments
  • Land Registry Information
The new price for this check has had a substantial reduction of £47 with a quicker turnaround time and the reports will be ready in just 1-3 days, which is 10 days faster than previously offered.

Ukraine Directorship Search: ​We have re-introduced this check and are sourcing this directly from the authorities in Ukraine. This is available for you to order from today, with a reduction in price of £33. This also means we have a quicker turnaround time and the reports will be ready in 3-5 days, which is 10 days faster than previously.

Spain Criminal Check: Ministry of Justice is now only accepting the “application form 790” in Spanish. Authorities will no longer accept the English version of this form. A new instruction and application form is now in place to reflect this change.

Cyrpus Credit (Bankruptcy) and Directorships Checks: A new instruction is now in place to reflect a change in requirements. Going forward Cyprus ID number or Passport number will be required to run the search.

If you would like us to send you current documentation for any of the checks listed, please request via​

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August 30, 2018
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FCRA Amendment To Affect Pre-Adverse Notice Action Requirements

Amendments to FCRA require background check vendors to react when a consumer has been or is about to become a victim of fraud or identity theft.  The chnge  adds a new subsection to Section 1681c-1 that addresses consumers’ right to obtain a “security freeze” under certain circumstances. 

A “security freeze” is a restriction that prohibits a CRA from disclosing the contents of a consumer report to someone requesting the report.  The law provides for a new notice entitled “Consumers Have The Right To Obtain A Security Freeze” (“Security Freeze Notice”) to be provided in certain circumstances.  Even if a security freeze is effective, though, the Act provides that the freeze does “not apply to the making of a consumer report for use of . . . [a]ny person using the information for employment, tenant, or background screening purposes.”  Thus, at a high level, it appears that the Act’s FCRA amendments should not impact employers.


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August 29, 2018
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Scraping The Dark Side Of Personality Online

Social Media Screening is the fastest growing element within background screening industry. Machine-learning, AI and computer-generated algorithms can examine people's social media updates for negative personality traits, which are then used in hiring decisions.

So what does this all mean for HR practitioners? First, if they are interested in avoiding employee or leader derailment paying attention to the dark side of personality is critical, particularly during the hiring process.

Second, in the absence of psychometric data, machine-learning algorithms can provide a relatively accurate proxy for candidates’ dark sides. And in comparison to psychometric tests such algorithms are free to implement – assuming organisations have the right data capabilities – and require no extra time or effort from candidates.

Third, while it is conceivable that (with the vast amounts of data already in existence for the majority of the workforce in the Western world) the future of assessment will consist of scraping passive data, or the data that individuals have already left behind, even in public environments there are important ethical constraints to using such data in the hiring process.

Since most Facebook and other social media users are unaware of the possibility that their data can be used for hiring decisions, even when laws and regulations don’t protect consumers, it would be hard to come up with an ethical justification for mining that data for employment-related decisions.

One way around this may be to enable individuals to ‘opt in’ to having their data scraped, much like they agree to a traditional psychometric assessment in the context of a job application. Furthermore, it would certainly mitigate ethical concerns to actually provide people with some feedback on what their footprint says about them – automated, private, individual feedback that can help them present themselves in a more positive way, or even reflect on key aspects of their personality.

Measures could be put in place to create a transparent transaction whereby individuals agree to having their data inspected in exchange for some helpful feedback and the chance of a suitable job – which would turn AI recruitment tools into useful talent agents.


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