Fingerprints and Photos Could be Part of Background Check Record

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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