Rights of Volunteer Applicants

As with other forms of background checking for tenant screening, or pre-employment screening, applicants for volunteer positions have the right to have the privacy respected, and to be treated fairly. Occasionally, criminal background reports contain incorrect information due to a variety of reporting errors, and applicants need to have the opportunity to challenge the accuracy of any information received. It would be proper to assume the information is correct until it has been corrected and a new report received, however. It is also important for nonprofit organizations to understand their responsibilities with regard to the information received. A good background screening company can assist with that information. In general, care should be taken to govern who has access to the information, how it is stored, and how it is destroyed once it is no longer needed.

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