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candidates were found to be problematic. Joseph lauded the system as it would enable the commission to conduct background checks on applicants in case they hold criminal records, if they are not a valid Malaysian citizen, or if they have been declared bankrupt by the Insolvency Department. "It is a collaborative effort and a total of 31 agencies will be using the new system," he said. Joseph added that the timeframe to obtain the results from the screening were one day for both NRD and the Insolvency Department, and five to six days for the Chief Government Security Office.


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-DATA PROTECTION & PRIVACY-


New Zealand Data Protection Authority's Powers Held Back by Government Veto


The Privacy (Giving Privacy Commissioner Necessary Tools) Amendment Bill that would have given greater powers of control to the New Zealand data protection authority, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (the DPA), has been blocked by a negative vote in New Zealand Parliament. The draft bill proposed by the Labour opposition party states, "At the moment, enforcement of the Privacy Act 1993 is complaints-driven. People can complain to the Privacy Commissioner about breaches of their privacy rights under the Act. But the Commissioner has only limited powers to take action about breaches of the Act of its own initiative. Such a system is not well suited to addressing underlying systematic problems."


Read more -BACKGROUND SCREENING- Lie Detector Tests for Job Applicants


Polygraph, or lie detector, tests are now being offered to New Zealand companies and recruitment agencies for use in pre-employment checks. The test is part of a growing industry in background checking of new staff, as employers become more aware of the need to make sure they are hiring the correct person. But critics claim the data collection - which can include checks into a person's ACC history, with their permission - are excessive and take advantage of desperate job seekers. Resume Check owner James Sutherland, whose company offers comprehensive background check packages - including a person's ACC history - said most candidates were accepting of the process. It is important that the information collected be relevant to the role. Lie Detector New Zealand director Barry Newman, said demand in the pre- employment area had been low, with employers unsure about using the technology in the workplace. "Before shelling out for a highly intrusive service like polygraph testing, common sense as well as privacy rules mean you should check that it's something that you really need and that you have a really good case which can be justified under the Privacy Act,” said Assistant privacy commissioner Katrine Evans.


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