What’s allowed, what’s taboo with background checks outside of Canada

Many countries lack infrastructure to effectively house information
By Stephanie Stephen
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/27/2012

Conducting background checks on prospective employees has become an accepted and recommended practice within Canada.

However, not all countries have adopted the notion of background checks and many countries simply don’t have the infrastructure to effectively house the relevant data, such as a candidate’s criminal and credit history. This poses a challenge for Canadian employers that recruit and hire people from abroad.

Many governments restrict the release of criminal record information, allowing only the applicants themselves to make a request, often in person. In less-developed countries, it’s not uncommon for records to be poorly maintained or, in some cases, to not exist, making data sources unreliable.