Criminal History Question On Job Apps Nears Extinction

Law360, New York (November 22, 2013, 11:34 AM EST) -- As privacy professionals know too well, organizations that handle personal information, especially personal information that can trigger security breach notification obligations, have an overwhelming need to screen out untrustworthy applicants from positions that permit access to such data. One tool that many organizations have used for years is straightforward enough — asking applicants to check a box in response to the following question on an employment application: “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?”

However, a legislative trend aimed at reintegrating millions of ex-offenders into...
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