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First Advantage

December 03, 2013 04:00 ET

First Advantage Executive to Explore Background Checks and Privacy at IAPP Data Protection Congress

ALPHARETTA, GA--(Marketwired - Dec 3, 2013) -

Traci Canning, senior vice president and managing director, EMEA for First Advantage, a Symphony Technology Group (STG) company and the leading global provider of screening analytics and identity solutions

Will present a session titled, "Background Checks: Balancing Business Risk and Data Privacy Protection," at the International Association of Privacy Professionals' (IAPP) Europe Data Protection Congress 2013 in Brussels.

The Congress will take place from Tuesday, December 10 through Thursday, December 12, 2013.

Canning's session will be held on Wednesday, December 11 at 1:45 p.m.

IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2013
SQUARE - Brussels Meeting Centre
Glass Entrance
Mont des Arts
B-1000 Brussels

A sea change is occurring throughout Europe in terms of data privacy and protection. Due to impending changes of the EU Data Protection Directive, a more restrictive regulatory environment, combined with the emergence of Big Data and cloud computing, have led organizations to rethink the way they handle data privacy. This is especially true in regard to pre-employment screenings and background checks, which may seem to counter the principles of privacy.

While such screenings are integral for organizations to hire individuals with the proper qualifications and suitability for particular positions, employers must ensure they comply with all data protection and privacy standards. During the "Background Checks: Balancing Business Risk and Data Privacy Protection" session, Traci Canning, senior vice president and managing director, EMEA for First Advantage, will explain how companies can conduct their screening activities in full compliance with local, regional and global integrity policies while meeting the standards of various regulatory bodies.

Attendees of this session will also learn what pre-employment screening does and does not do, key stakeholder perspectives in the screening process, the challenges in maintaining the risk/privacy balance and trends in risk/privacy perspectives.

Additional information about the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2013, including registration details, can be found at:

About First Advantage
First Advantage provides comprehensive screening, identity and information solutions that give employers and housing providers access to actionable information that results in faster, more accurate people decisions. With an advanced global technology platform and superior customer service delivered by experts who understand local markets, First Advantage helps customers around the world build fully scalable, configurable screening programs that meet their unique needs. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., First Advantage has offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. More information about First Advantage can be accessed at

About Symphony Technology Group
Symphony Technology Group (STG) is a strategic private equity firm with the mission of investing in and being a partner in building great software and services companies. In addition to capital, STG provides transformation expertise to enable its portfolio companies to deliver more value to clients to retain and attract the best talent and to achieve best-in-class business performance. All STG portfolio companies are expected to grow through innovation. STG's current portfolio consists of 12 global companies with combined revenue of approximately $2.5 billion and thousands of employees spread across North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit