Background checks ruin innocent lives: 420,000 in police database never convicted

Innocent victims of police disclosures, along with lawyers, academics, social justice advocates and privacy experts, are calling for legislation that would bring clarity to what information can and can’t be released by police in background checks.

“This ruins lives,” says Ann Cavoukian, Ontario’s privacy commissioner, who supports new laws or amendments to current legislation that clearly instructs police forces on what they can release to employers, volunteer organizations and governments.