So whats the excuse when a perfectly good "squeaky clean" candidate passes all the pre-employment screenings and then robbs everyone blind because they never saw if coming?
Most have the potential to become "criminals" and haven't been caught yet. Those that have been caught are fucked for life.
You can't win for losing in most cases. This invasion of privacy thing has been taken to a level too far. IMO
Watch the movie Minority Report. That's where all this insanity is headed.
My point is where does it stop? When can one say there is an established boundary where regardless of checking a persons past/present human beings are falible. No amount of checking can predict the future.
The government is extremely paranoid and uses extreme measures when checking a persons past. I worked with a gentleman that was applying to the FBI. Talk about a bunch of paranoid people. It's because they have the [long] history of corruption originating from inside their fortress of solitude.
You can profile a person but you would be wrong. JMO
Of course a person with no criminal background can still do illegal things. But to willingly put someone with a history of stealing money in a position to handle the money of other people is extremely negligent.
I had a federal clearance for my job that was about as invasive as you can get. They interviewed every neighbor at every place of residence I've lived at in the past 10 years. I was required to give a list of my 10 closest friends from the past 10 years, who were all interviewed. They also grilled me about every non-US born person I had come into contact with in that 10 year span. My clearance was only one level below the level that requires a polygraph test.
So yeah, it was extremely invasive. But given the project I was projected to be part of, I completely understood why. The wrong person working on that project could have potentially built themselves a back door into the system that would have given them access to just about every documented record of every person in the country.
Yes, a person with a squeaky clean record could still do malicious things with that type of power. But that's far less likely a scenario than having a person with a documented criminal past working in the same position.
On the flip side, I do agree that many companies take the invasion of privacy too far. Asking for a Facebook password is ridiculous. For 99.9% of the jobs out there, a simple search of public records should be more than sufficient.