The Reliable Blog2022-08-03T01:03:04-07:00


Industry news, helpful tips, and valuable insight from the Reliable Background Screening Team.

CFPB Issues Advisory to Protect Consumer Privacy

Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an Advisory to protect consumer privacy.  It is not surprising, given the expanding “metaverse” of personal information that so many companies are compiling, even while you are reading this blog. Specifically, the CFPB is focusing on companies that use and share credit reports and background check (or consumer) reports.  This CFBP Advisory Opinion elucidates in clear language that it is not only the credit reporting companies that have an obligation to protect consumer privacy, but it is also the users of these reports.  Users of consumer reports means any company who orders [...]

July 19, 2022|

How Applicant Tracking Systems Compromise Background Checks

How do applicant tracking systems work? Corporations, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that utilize an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) often appreciate the ability to streamline the onboarding process. Applicants enter their information online, creating their initial employee/applicant file. This allows the company or organization to perform many human resources functions, including sometimes, ordering the employee background check. Unfortunately, applicants often make careless input errors when entering their information, which is particularly exacerbated when they do so on mobile devices. Criminals also tend to intentionally input incorrect data, especially with their name and date of birth, as they are attempting to avoid having their [...]

June 28, 2022|

Board of Director Background Checks Are Crucial

Board of Directors exist in both the corporate and the nonprofit world. One common characteristic is that these Directors typically are not employees of the corporation or organization – yet they are part of the governing body that guides the direction and mission of both businesses and nonprofit organizations. While background checks are commonplace with employee onboarding – regardless of the type of entity for who they work – board of directors too often are selected based upon a referral from a “good old boys or good old girls club.” Established individuals will refer candidates from their networks to join a Board [...]

May 17, 2022|

Social Media Background Checks

It is somewhat astonishing that social media has only been around for barely a generation.  Yet today worldwide, there are nearly two billion users on Facebook alone.  A recent study by a respected, national market research company found that 72% of adult Americans use at least one social media platform.  With the widespread usage of social media today, the public personas of individuals on these platforms are now available for the world to know, which can have a negative impact on your company’s brand. When making a decision to select a candidate to join your company or organization – whether as an [...]

April 12, 2022|





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