Data compliance having a growing impact on the vetting industry
The growing reliance on data across the business world is also having an impact on vetting procedures, making the safe handling of data more important than ever.
With businesses across the UK harvesting a growing volume of data, rules and regulations are continually being introduced to ensure all this information is protected. Of these, the most prominent is the Data Protection Act, which stipulates that businesses have a legal obligation to safeguard any information they hold on staff members and customers.
With those who don’t comply facing huge penalties, today’s businesses need to keep up to date with the law and ensure they have the right measures in place, or potentially face financial oblivion.
As such, data protection is now impacting the vetting process, with companies having to consider the information they hold on job applicants. With fears about harvesting too much data, though, businesses may soon turn to third party vetting providers to alleviate their data worries.
Commenting on the concerns, technology journalist Ben Rossi told information-age.com how some businesses had started to consider the volume of information they need, including the requirement for Criminal Records Bureau checks or detailed data from previous employers.
Of course, the risk of not completing such checks could cost more in the long run, so businesses are advised to vet candidates effectively but also do the same with their data – or seek the help of a third party.