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The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is to introduce an online status checking service for employers to verify that potential employees have been cleared for relevant jobs. It is intended to save people from having to request a new certificate every time they apply for a new role. The move is one of the measures announced by Lynne …

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Big Brother

As long as this stops at checks for specific scenarios.

I wonder when the law will change and we have a situation like in The U.S, where people get background checked for everything.

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People don't get checked for every thing. The law is very different in the US. Lots of states bar an employer from asking have do you have a convection for marijuana that is more than three years old unless you are applying for law enforcement , working with kids or getting a medical license. We don't allow rumors to go on the background check. You can have arrest removed from you records provided you been a good boy . You can go before a judge and have criminal convictions expunged. You have a right to see you criminal record.

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Unhappy

Doesn't go far enough

Unless I miss-read it, if you volunteer to work at some organisations, these records may not be accessible by those organisations.

I have helped out at a local church, scouts and a school for special needs, that was 3 enhanced CRB checks plus an additional basic disclosure to take a short contract in a financial institution. Non are transferable, though I may be able to re-use the basic disclosure.

That aside, previous experience of government access controls means that there will be DVD's of the database available soon and probably a database dump on a drop-box near you within the year, so everyone will know about everyone else and the issue of multiple CRB's may go away.

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Well....

after reading that news story about a woman who got £55 taken out of her £57 pay packet for a CRB check, this can only be good news.

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MGJ
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Jurisidiction

It would no doubt be helpful if you indicated where this new regime applies; it doesn't cover Scotland for example.

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Anonymous Coward

What possibly could go wrong?

Obviously, this system will be sufficiently foolproof to ensure noone from News Corp or other organisations that have a less than direct interest will ever get access to this information.

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Anonymous Coward

It would also be comforting

to know that MPs, swindling bankers, corrupt Met Police Officers, and people who head global newspaper corporations were - in time - also included in the data.

But I bet they aren't, because UK corruption never works like that.

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Pleased to see this at last

but cant help think the government knows there will be a massive rise in voluntary work replacing paid for care and realises people cant afford the checks.

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Anonymous Coward

CRB - our motto is your all guilty until we say your innocent...

The whole CRB thing just seems wrong to me. Has to be a better way of dealing with this issue.

Unless they'd like to lock everyone up at birth and only allow us out on licence if we can prove a negative?

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Mushroom

Great to hear

they are finally making it a criminal offence to request a CRB check for a job which doesn't need it.

Oh, hang on, actually it looks like they've done fuck all about that. Who'd have thunk it ?

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Can you check yourself?

Just Interested really.

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Anonymous Coward

In tomorrow's news...

the CRB details of 55 million job applicants were accidentally leaked to the public by a flaw in the bureau website / a lost usb memory stick / a laptop an employee was taking home contained the entire database as the employee wished to do some research work on the data.

The bureau apologised to the public and advised everyone affected to ask their mother to change their maiden name as soon as possible

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FAIL

Better hurry up, then...

"The Home Office also announced that the government will maintain the current arrangements for holding criminal records on the police national computer, while ensuring the controls on accessing those records are sufficiently strong."

Errmmm... but the "current arrangements" are that the National Policing Improvement Agency runs the Police National Computer at the Hendon Data Centre...

... and the NPIA will cease to exist in less than a year's time...

... and other than the functions that will transfer to the new National Crime Agency, nothing has yet been done to find a home for the rest of the NPIA's responsibilities, including national higher police training, the National Specialist Law Enforcement Centre (inclues all cybercrime training) at Wyboston Lakes, etc., etc., etc., and...

... the Police National Computer - or PND (Police National Database), as it will become.

Ahem.

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Big Brother

But not rush in where angels fear to tread.....

As long as the illegal organisation Messrs ACPO Ltd is proscribed and it is made an offence carrying a mandatory life without parole sentence for police to belong to any organisation (Messrs ACPO Ltd, Freemasons, etc) not conducting its affairs with independently verified transparency there might be a hope of some shreds of freedom remaining for our grandchildren - but don't hold your breath waiting.

Unfortunately, the likely outcome is that the Neyroud Review will be modified to Messrs ACPO Ltd's requirements and the fox will be left in charge of the henhouse.

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