FEDERAL RAP BACK SERVICE COMES TO ILLINOIS: The Illinois General Assembly passed legislation amending the state’s Criminal Identification Act that would permit state agencies that conduct national criminal background checks to participate in the Rap Back Service. The Rap Back Service enables an agency or employer to receive ongoing status notifications of any criminal history from the Department of State Police or the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported on a person whose fingerprints are registered in the system. The bill requires the state’s Department of State Police to submit fingerprints to the FBI. While the bill’s proponents praise it as an easier way to keep track of employees and persons with criminal issues, the implications on an individual’s privacy are significant. The accuracy of a constantly updating system is questionable and can also make it very difficult for people to correct errors in their records, which already presents a significant challenge.

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