Personal Background Check

Background Check: Are Some Personal Records Confidential?

Background checks are regularly performed to verify the identities and check the histories of prospective tenants and employees. Some information is a matter of public record and may be checked by anyone. However, there is a great deal of personal information that is confidential and cannot be released without the consent of the individual.

If an employer or landlord seeks to obtain certain records, they must obtain written consent from the individual whose history they are investigating. However, once the company or landlord has obtained written consent, they may be able to access a wealth of personal information about the individual.

Background Information That May Be Released Without Consent

Background Information That May Not Be Released Without Consent

Employers and landlords are required by law to obtain written permission to check certain personal data of an applicant. This personal data includes: