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December 30, 2019 | by ralph

Electronic Fingerprinting and the Use of Biometric Facial Recognition

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Gone are the days when you had to press your fingers onto the ink pad and roll them on the paper to get your fingerprinting done. Electronic fingerprinting has taken place of traditional fingerprinting. It is an inkless method of taking fingerprints. Before going to its uses, let’s first understand what electronic fingerprinting technology is and the process of saving the fingerprints.

What’s Electronic Fingerprinting Technology?

Updating the fingerprinting method, today, companies use digital scanners to capture the image of the fingerprints electronically. To do this, the person puts the fingers (palm side) on a silicon reader or an optical surface and keep it there for a few seconds. Just as in photocopying, a ray of scanning light/laser is passed to capture the image of fingerprinting and saved digitally on the computer connected with the scanner. While saving the fingerprints in the file, the computer scans the fingerprints with the available database to know if there is any duplicity.

Once the fingerprints are saved, they can be used for many purposes. These fingerprints are usually saved with the federal governing body. If the police find some fingerprints on the crime scene, they can scan those fingerprints with the available database to identify the person who was present at the crime scene.

Why Electronic Fingerprinting is Important? Why should I do it?

Electronic fingerprinting, so far, has benefitted several working sectors such as retail, corporate, government, manufacturing industry, technology organizations, universities, independent workplaces among others.

The biggest area that electronic fingerprinting has dominated is employee identification and background screening. Employers run a background screening check on employees for verification, credit history, criminal history, address verification, reference check, drug abuse test, education qualification, and other parameters. Employers want to hire employees with personal and professional credibility. And, electronic fingerprinting and background screening makes it easy for them to do it.

Background screening on employees eliminates the risk involved in hiring the applicants with fraudulent background resulting in a safe and ethical work environment. This was important because many cases emerged in recent years where the employees lied or misrepresented their information to their employers.

Electronic fingerprinting also helps people with criminal records to get a job. A few times, this has happened that people got cleared off their criminal records and given a clean sheet by the court, the police, and the FBI, but they still do not get the job because of the heresy or incorrect information or updated information about their records. Background screening eliminates the heresy and lets the employee approach job opportunities. So, electronic fingerprinting helps both ways.

Biometric Facial Recognition

Recent technological developments have connected electronic fingerprinting and biometric facial recognition. The technology grew so rapidly that it is now available in our home security cameras, and phones as well. When the person saves his/her fingerprints electronically, he/she can also save the face prints biometrically to develop a complete profile.

Uses of Biometric Facial Recognition

  • It has helped in the prevention of retail crime. The security camera running on facial recognition technology captures the images of the faces and compares it with the database available. The store owner gets identified of the person whether he is a known criminal or not.
  • This technology has helped the police identify and find the missing persons. Through all the CCTV camera footage, the police can identify and locate the missing persons.
  • Identifying the suspected individuals in the crowd from the distance.
  • ·        Biometric facial recognition aides the employee background screening process by establishing a profile of the applicant based on the fingerprints and facial recognition.
  • This technology has also helped in marketing as the hotel owners can know through the facial recognition system that they have a VIP guest. And, they can serve the guest well to increase their goodwill.

How to get electronic fingerprinting done?

FBI and government regulatory bodies have authorized independent centers to offer the electronic fingerprinting services to the people.

Your fingers will be scanned digitally, and your photo profile will be saved in the database.

Local people can contact their nearest approved Livescan electronic fingerprinting service provider to scan their fingerprints digitally. There’s a norm that every person has to follow.

Get in touch today know what you need to bring when you come for electronic fingerprinting services from us. 1idu is a Veteran owned Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) approved Livescan electronic fingerprinting service provider.

September 9, 2019 | by ralph

FDLE/FBI Florida Criminal History Reports are Barriers to Occupational Employment

Job applicants are often surprised and embarrassed to find their past criminal history stopped them from attaining fulfilling employment. Many want to see the criminal history report, but the disclosure of the information is based on the State Department licensing background unit.

An example of an Occupational employment applicant denied a promotional opportunity because he was arrested at 19 years of age for public urination. The construction manager understood the incident was 12 years ago but does not understand the significance of an employee’s past arrest and his companies compliance. The manager calls the applicant back later in the day to explain a resolution for the compliance situation.

A simple arrest can derail a promising future.

In a tight labor market, these situations are going to occur more often.

Equal societal laws protect citizens and offer a more perfect union. However, it does not stop the laws from being a punitive disruptive force in the lives of productive citizens.

Employers, Employees, Vendors, and Contractors must adhere to FDLE criminal history checks. The health, safety, and choice for citizens are priorities when making laws and status.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Division of Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), is the central repository for criminal history information for the state of Florida.

State and national criminal history information are available to governmental agencies for licensing and employment as authorized under Florida law.

The average age of misdemeanor adult arrest in Florida is 18 – 34 adults. This is also the average working-age of most Floridians working in care fields. 

In critical fields like home care, childcare and nursing simple arrest can stop a bright career. This circumstance disproportionately affects women. 172,378, who are single parents. 

Florida’s poverty rate is 15.5%, higher than the national average of 13.4%.

Criminal records can often make it difficult to get employment in your chosen field or a field with an occupational license. If your field is regulated by license or state statute for criminal history reporting like – medical, pharmacy, nursing, homecare, childcare, financial services, real estate transaction, construction, and appraisers.

These employment occupations require a license, certificate, or credential per state regulation of professions.

Criminal record checks are mandatory level 2 background screening requirements per state statute. Moral Turpitude Statues or Good Moral Character Clauses and the pool of potential employment applicants who can fulfill basic FDLE criminal history and employment screening requirements starts to shrink. 

Exceptions/waivers are determined on an individual case by case basis. Each Florida State agency/department has its own Background Screening Unit. The background screening unit is trained specifically to review the applicant’s application for compliance with applicable state laws, policies, and procedures.

What are Occupational Licenses?

An occupational license is a license, certification or credential which is required for certain occupations by state and federal agencies. These licenses are intended to set minimal professional standards to ensure public safety and professional standards. Each state has statuses resulting in license violations.

Fees associated with obtaining an occupational license can be prohibitive for newly committed students and trained professionals.  Example license fee below, do not include the cost of reapplying through exception or waiver.

The average cost of Occupational Professional License

Occupation/Profession                                   Average Florida Licensing Fees        

Licensed Practical Nurse                               $400.00

Certified Nursing Assistant                             $250.00

Occupational Therapy Assistant                     $280.00

Physical Therapy Assistant                            $280.00

Private Detective                                            $250.00

Radiologic Technologists                                $400.00

Real Estate Appraiser                                     $450.00

Respiratory Therapist                                     $270.00

School Bus Driver                                           $100.00

Initial CPA License                                          $150.00

Dental Hygienist                                              $235.00

General Contractor                                         $10k or more

Real Estate Agent                                           $500.00

The cost of education, training, securing a professional position and finding job satisfaction in a chosen field is a herculean accomplishment.

One misdemeanor mistake can make it difficult, or even impossible, to find and recover employment in a chosen field.

The Florida Legislature should consider a

A Certification of Rehabilitation

The ability to demonstrate rehabilitation should be considered when changing state FDLE background screening policies and applicant criminal history requirements. Exceptions/waivers are determined on an individual case by case basis. Each Florida State agency/department has its own Background Screening Unit. The background screening unit is trained specifically to review the applicant’s application for compliance with applicable state laws, policies, and procedures.

A Certificate of Rehabilitation is an appropriate solution for those who completed rehabilitation and are employable in their occupational field. The goal is to “demonstrate the applicant’s willingness to meet rehabilitation standards”, thus removing barriers to employment and licensure in background screening licensing units.

12 states have adopted this protocol for occupational licensures – California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, and Washington.