Privacy Czar to Probe Use of Police Database

Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham announced that her office will examine the issue of employers using the PRIME-BC police database to perform background checks on job applicants. Denham’s office said it has been looking into employment-related criminal-record checks for several months and now will investigate concerns voiced by the BC Civil Liberties Association about the Police Records Information Management Environment database, used to record interactions with police including those with people who report crimes.The BCCLA said it was disturbing that the names of as many as 85 per cent of adult residents in B.C. are included in the database.

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