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RE: Background Checks for DBAs

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Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 16:17:21 -0500
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Yeah, can you imagine every company that want to do business with your company also has information (a lot) about you.... The more parts, the more that can go wrong.  

I feel your pain. It seems you only signed up for one, and that ought to be enough. If they don't trust the company to do a proper background check in the first place, and perhaps keep up with it, then what justifies their trust in the service they are about to pay for?      

Joel Patterson
Database Administrator
904 727-2546

[] On Behalf Of Dennis Williams Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2007 3:31 PM To:
Cc:; Subject: Re: Background Checks for DBAs  

Back in the good old days, an I.T. person was pretty much limited to pilfering the company's money. The grand tradition was, when caught, to simply dismiss the employee. Usually the company wouldn't want the public embarrassment of prosecuting the now former employee, so couldn't even warn other employers for fear of lawsuit.  

In today's credit economy, an I.T. person can often steal from anyone. No reason to risk dismissal, just sell credit info to crooks on the side and nobody is wiser. Gradually legislatures are catching on to this. California has a law (SB 1386) requiring public disclosure of any data breeches by any company doing business in CA.  

Yep, a tough new requirement that you aren't getting paid extra to meet, and hopefully the additional credit checks don't impact your personal credit scores.  

Dennis Williams  

On 2/21/07, J. Dex <> wrote:

What they are looking for is the best part of this --

The consent form itself only says "the limited purpose of initiating security access and system user identification" and then goes on with a big
disclaimer that the company is not liable for anything and that we are releasing them of any liability. The company tells us this is common practice. Don't believe it though.

>CC: "J. Dex" <>
>Subject: Re: Background Checks for DBAs
>Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 18:46:33 +0000
>Its fairly common to have to do background checks when you get an
offer. I
>even had to do a drug screen once. Criminal and Financial are kind of
>minimum. I know a private sector company that goes back 7 years(they
>just checking to see if you are lying). If you do most anything for the
>federal government a background check is almost always required.
>I have never heard about this many background checks. It doesn't really

>make sense. I am surprised your company doesn't just keep your
>check on file.
>what are they checking? anything more than criminal and financial? The
>they give is meaningless. You have to see what they are checking. to
>There are no legal recourses to stop this. Background checks have
>alot cheaper so more and more companies do them.
>-------------- Original message --------------
>From: "J. Dex" <>
> > Does anybody work in a Data Center type of environment which houses
> > databases for multiple/various clients (both government and private
> > companies)? How are background checks handled? The reason that I ask
> > that everytime we acquire a new client, the new client is putting us
> > yet another background check. These are not Security Clearances.
> > either Certificate of Public Trusts or general background checks.
> > company isn't doing the background check, it is the client
> > is becoming ridiculous and we really don't want to keep giving out
> > numbers to multiple companies, etc. Our company wants us to be able
> > cover any of the databases at any time so they are making us go
> > checks each time. I am not sure if there are any Right to Privacy
> > prevent the employer from forcing us to do this and I am wondering
> > other DBAs on the list are subjected to this.
> >
> > _________________________________________________________________
> > The average US Credit Score is 675. The cost to see yours: $0 by
> >
> >
> > --
> >
> >
> >

The average US Credit Score is 675. The cost to see yours: $0 by Experian. RAVERAGE


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