Is it legal to order someone to apply for a Criminal Records Bureau check? | Liberty Clinic | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
I have been ordered by a civil court to supply a CRB check to the defendants (myself and wife are claimants in a claim for monies) and have had trouble obtaining one as an individual so in the end I offered them an affidavit which they ignored. They sent me the name and address of an umbrella body who they said would be able to assist me getting an enhanced CRB check. After several emails between myself and the company, it became apparent that it had been given false information by the defendants, who had said they were my employer or prospective employer and that the position I was either in or applying for was eligible for a CRB check at enhanced level. The umbrella company have admitted they were mislead and now are unable to process an application. I am furious – surely this is unlawful/criminal?
This appears to be another shocking example of how prone to abuse the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) system is. In our experience, the law and guidance governing the obtaining and use of CRB checks is frequently being misapplied by officials, with serious consequences for individuals’ rights to privacy.