Since I don’t see much discussion about it elsewhere. I thought I’d as here to see how people felt about the new forms that we are being asked to sign for background checks.
This seems like quite an invasion of privacy compared to how they had been handled previously. I’d encourage anyone to do a little searching to see how far reaching an Investigative Consumer Report is and what it includes. I think you might be surprised, I was.
Yesterday we received an email on Scoutingwire that really downplayed this rechecking of our criminal reports. I also felt that it was a bit deceptive and not completely truthful. Yes this report will check for any new criminal activity, but it also includes Credit reports, history, and debt. It also includes work history and salary history. They are free to interview family, friends, co-workers, etc. It also gives them the freedom to search your internet profile and activity. Who at the BSA decides what is appropriate, what internet groups we belong to or what we say on any of our social media accounts.
Once they have these reports where are they stored, who has access to them, who has the ability to request them. What process is in place to verify the information is handled correctly. While I have nothing to hide it feels quite invasive without just cause.
At this point I don’t believe that I will sign this form and while I only have a few years left on my last child I would hate for all my years of service to end early on a sour note.
So am I overreacting to this request?