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Should Safety Checks for Volunteers Include Fingerprints?


A new fingerprint search process required for some people to volunteer (or have a paid job) with many Canadian charities has raised privacy concerns with some groups, while also creating months-long screening backlogs and highlighting the limits of the old process.

Volunteers who wish to work with the "vulnerable sector" have long had to pass a Vulnerable Sector Verification screening. However, this summer the RCMP announced a new 2-stage process.


First, basic personal information (name, date of birth, and such) goes through the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database. The new part is step two: If the applicant's gender and date of birth match any sex offender in that system, the volunteer must provide fingerprints. This lets screeners compare.....

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.......Would you give police your fingerprints for this reason? Does this raise any concerns? Let the PEN know what you think--send us your thoughts!

Adrian Larose is a writer living in Ottawa.

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