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The approach to adopt requires consideration of where risk may exist, whether broad-based or tightly focused research is needed, the skills required to undertake the required due diligence, and prioritisation of the most relevant or important issues.
Depending on the public profile of the individual or company of interest, the countries with which they have a nexus and other factors, it might be possible to identify information. However, this will be heavily influenced by whether reliable information sources are available:
With the candidate or employee's consent and acting on behalf of the employer (as data owner) who requests us to do so (as data procesor), we can facilitate DBS checks through an accredited agency. Criteria applicable to the DBS process include:
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In summary, many factors influence the time required to conduct research, applicable to individuals or companies:
As noted in ICO Guidance Legitimate interests differs from other lawful bases as it is not centred around a particular purpose (e.g. performing a contract with the individual, complying with a legal obligation, protecting vital interests or carrying out a public task), and it is not processing that the individual has specifically agreed to (i.e. consent). Legitimate interests is more flexible and might, in principle, apply to any type of processing for any reasonable purpose.
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Additionally, the data controller (the organisation carrying out the pre-employment checks) must be able to demonstrate accountability, that is, they can prove they take responsibility for their actions with regards to personal data.
Enhanced Due Diligence to asses risk
Pre-employment & key-person risk assessment
Bribery and tax evasion risk-assessment