Latin American Data Privacy In 2020: What Should Employers Consider When Requesting Background Check

When the European Union’s comprehensive data privacy regulation went into effect in 2018, the law not only changed business practices in Europe, it also became a catalyst for similar measures across the globe.

In Latin America, where leaders are debating and enacting new laws modeled after the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the shift toward data privacy is also sparking new worries among employers about compliance as they conduct background checks.

Take Brazil, where a new GDPR-like law will become effective next year. Some employers and education institutions, unsure of its mandates, have stopped providing information about job candidates to employers. In other cases, employers are eschewing background checks altogether or conducting them without the job seeker’s knowledge.

But as Brazil’s law and others like it take effect, those practices can lead to damaging repercussions for employers. Without proper background checks, organizations risk onboarding poor-quality candidates. HireRight’s 2019 Employment Screening Benchmark Report found that 60% of respondents reported better hires, and 56% touted more consistent safety and security when they screen job seekers.

And if companies don’t comply with the new regulations, they could encounter hefty penalties. In Brazil, employers may face fines of up to 2% of their global annual revenue for not following the country’s data privacy law when it goes into effect. FULL ARTICLE

© 2020

InteliCrunch is a free service provided by a collective of people who monitor the background screening industry and how events affect not only the people in it, but even more importantly, the real human impact the industry has on today's society.*All third party logos and / or images used on this website are the sole property and / or registered trademarks of their respective companies or copyright holders. Use of these logos, images or likenesses does not, in any way, imply the endorsement of InteliCrunch by any of the businesses, brands or individuals represented, their parent companies, officers, employees, partners, or affiliates. Any such usage is for informational / news purposes only.  Any / all articles, announcements, releases or third-party-authored content is / are linked back to the original "source"  and author credit given  Furthermore, InteliCrunch is not responsible for, and does not warrant the safety of any third-party links or sites to which any viewer may be directed from InteliCrunch.  InteliCrunch has made reasonable efforts to ensure that any news or informational links on the site are from "known and reputable"  sources / websites.