Government wants to oversee rules around criminal records requests

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The number of employers' requests for jobseekers' background checks have tripled over the past decade and the government now wants to limit this, citing privacy concerns.

In 2017, the police received 740,000 requests for background checks, an increase of 10,000 compared to the year before.

Many requests are in industries and fields where there are no legal requirements to demand such checks.

"I want to stop employers from habitually requesting sensitive information about employees – information that isn't relevant for the job," Employment Minister Ylva Johansson told Swedish Radio.

Johansson added that the government would consider expanding the number of professions in which employers can legally request checks – today limited to the health, education and childcare sectors – in order to ensure that legitimate requests are not banned by any new law.