With everything else happening in the workplace, identity verification isn’t always happening as part of commercial background checks on new hires. Some new data suggests there is a real need for most organizations to revisit this issue:
- 58% of data breaches in 2020 involved personal data, such as names, phone numbers, and home addresses, nearly double the percentage from last year.
- About 96% of adult Americans own a cell phone, making mass adoption of modern identity verification methods more realistic. As a result, experts suggest that mobile identity verification tools should be incorporated into the background check process.
- In 2020, up to 43% of Americans are working in the gig economy. This is an increase from 35% in 2018. Over three-fourths (82%) of employers plan to allow employees to continue working remotely in the new year. As a result, digitizing the process and integrating identity verification into background checks are key.