Fingerprints – A Touchy Subject

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Is it true that just as each snowflake is different, every leaf is singular, and no one looks exactly like Steve Buscemi, every fingerprint is unique? If they’re used to solve crimes, aren’t they a completely dependable way to base a background check on a job candidate?

And today, not only crimes but smartphones, laptops and many other of our latest and most advanced devices can be secured with a fingerprint, right? Biometric technology, as it’s called, seems unbeatable since fingerprints can’t be duplicated. While you may be able to alter your visage with Photoshop and modify your voice with Audacity, fingerprints can’t be altered. We all know that. And as such, fingerprints can be relied upon as an accurate source for criminal history, correct?

In fact, the facts prove otherwise.

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The 3 Questions You Should Ask About Your Background Checking Program

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While the benefits of background screening are usually clear to employers, the practice has been considered by some job seekers, particularly those with less-than-perfect histories, as a barrier to gainful employment, especially in an economy with strong unemployment rates. This has led to what seems to be an increase in litigation surrounding employment background checks, […]