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The Heart of the Database Problem - ChoicePoint Again

Wired News posted a story that summarizes the problems with the way ChoicePoint conducts its background checks. A number of individuals in the industry quote the unreliability of background checks based solely on database searches and that are not backed up by physical visits to courthouses. It states that just using database searches, no matter how often the records are updated, is not a substitute for an actual courthouse visit and that companies doing so cannot say that they are complying with the requirement in the Fair Credit Reporting Act that strict procedures must be maintained to ensure the reporting of highly accurate information.

It's good to see this discussion coming out into the open with the media. The industry really lacks standardization and accountability, so hopefully we'll see more of that as the public awareness level rises.


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