A lot of people wonder if background checks are part of the public record. It makes sense because it’s always a good idea to know what information about you is freely available. So today’s blog post, we answer this question and share other useful facts about background screening.
Are Background Checks Public Record?
In itself, a background check isn’t part of the public record. However, background checks often use a fair amount of information that is already publicly available.This may include civil court records, criminal records, credit records, and information gleaned from other online sources.
While in many cases it’s impossible to know if someone has been looking for information about you, there are some types of information you can monitor.
For example, you can set up alerts on Google to receive a notification whenever their system detects new content that includes your name. Also, when you get a copy of your credit report, you also get a list of the parties that have checked your credit.
It’s worth remembering that there are a host of federal and legal laws created to protect the confidentiality of background checks. For example, employers performing a background check on a potential employee through a third party, must comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in addition to any other applicable state legislation.
What Information Shows Up on a Background Check?
The information that shows up on a background check may vary depending on the type of check. Typically, an employer will commission the type of background checks that suit their needs as well as the requirements of the role they are looking to fill.
At Plexus Global, we offer a wide array of background screening services to meet the unique demands of your industry:
- Criminal county
- Criminal federal
- Education verification
- Employment verification
- Civil record report
- Reference checks
- Driving record report
- Address verifications
- Credit report
- Prohibited parties
- Sanctions list
- OFAC and terrorist watch lists
- World watch plus
To learn more about background screening, be sure to read our previous posts, “Are Background Checks Confidential?” and “How Long Does It Take To Complete a Background Check.”
Plexus Global: Background Screening Services in California
Plexus Global is a background screening company located in Riverside, California, serving organizations all over the U.S. and abroad. Contact us today by telephone (844-516-1008), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or through our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.