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Expunging Outdated Data from Background Checks

Have you ever been rejected based on your background check but you know your records should have appeared with no questionable information?

What should you do if you find erroneous information on your personal, credit or social media history? How do you begin to correct information that is no longer accurate?

Gather your patience for the process.

While many states have passed laws to help people clear their criminal records, the laws fail to address issues found in private database companies that might be slower to reflect updated information. These include thousands of private sellers of criminal history records across the Internet. Often, these companies could be of questionable integrity or quality.

Removing information can be done, but it will take time and diligence—sometimes up to a year— no matter on whose fault the error is. Worse, no one place holds all your records.

First, it is necessary to perform a search through a reputable background check company such as DataScreening.  This way you will have the most accurate and the most up to date records on yourself.  With this information, you will be able to see any mistakes that are on your record or any convictions that should have been expunged.  You will also be able to see the locations of the courthouses from where this incorrect information about yourself originated from and therefore get it corrected quickly.

Unfortunately, no federal laws exist that require periodic updates.

States have jurisdiction to invoke remedies for people harmed by outdated personal information. The process may be more difficult if you have married, divorced, or recently relocated.

Further, as one might expect, the process can be costly in time and fees. If you cannot endure the process, a reputable record removal firm can help, but unfortunately, it may not be totally effective as some background check sites do not honor requests from third parties.

Nevertheless, it is vitally important to keep personal data accurate, especially if you have taken the time to adjust prior records.


DataScreening is a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that has offered business-to-business employment and tenant screenings to human resource professionals and business owners, including staffing companies, for two decades. Among other organizations, they are members of the New Jersey Staffing Alliance, the Society for Human Resource Management and the National Association of Professional Background Screeners. How may we help you today?

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