Business owners be very careful

criminal-background-checkEmployers who carry out ‘back-door’ criminal record checks on potential employees could face criminal charges after it is finally outlawed.

While the offence will often be linked to a job application, the law applies to any enforced subject access request required before entering into a contract for goods, facilities or services. This means it could also affect landlords or insurance companies, for instance.

Jonathan Bamford, ICO’s Head of Strategic Liaison, said: “Enforced subject access request is a practice that, at its worse, costs people jobs.