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Conducting a Background Check in China: A Comprehensive Guide by Global Background Screening

Updated: Jan 25

In today's interconnected world, conducting a comprehensive background check in China is an essential part of the hiring process for businesses and individuals alike. As a leading provider of global background checks, Global Background Screening (GBS) offers a wide range of services in over 150 countries, including China. Our unique e-commerce portal allows you to access on-demand background checks with ease. In this guide, we'll explore the various services and costs of conducting a background check in China.

A Comprehensive National Criminal Records Search

The first step in conducting a background check in China is to perform a comprehensive national criminal records search. This search is carried out through the Ministry of Public Security and the Supreme People's Court of the PRC. Background providers in China, such as GBS, follow the U.S. 7-year reporting of criminal convictions, ensuring that you receive accurate and up-to-date information.

How Much Does a Background Check Cost in China?

One of the most common questions about conducting a background check in China is the cost. At GBS, we offer competitive pricing for various types of background checks:

  • Criminal Background Check: $79

  • Civil Background Check: $79

  • China Credit Report: $99

Let's take a closer look at each type of background check and the specific information they provide.

Civil Background Check: Court Records Search

A civil background check involves a search of publicly available court records from published cases, including those from the Supreme Court and local courts at all levels (high courts). This check is conducted in the municipality where the candidate resides. The information returned will include details of any litigation and is limited to judgments only.

China Credit Report: ID Verification and Financial Irregularities Search

A China credit report consists of a search through the Ministry of Public Security for ID verification, as well as a search conducted through the Ministry of Interior's Banking Regulatory Commission, Securities Regulatory Commission, and Shanghai/Shenzhen stock exchange for financial irregularities.

China Data Protection and Compliance

It's important to note that there isn't a comprehensive data protection law in the People's Republic of China ('PRC'). Instead, rules relating to personal data protection are found across various laws and regulations. The PRC Cybersecurity Law, which came into effect on 1 June 2017, is the first national-level law that addresses cybersecurity and data privacy protection.

In addition to the Cybersecurity Law, other general data protection rules currently in the PRC include:

  • The Decision on Strengthening Online Information Protection

  • National Standard of Information Security Technology – Guideline for Personal Information Protection within Information System for Public and Commercial Services (GB/Z 28828-2012)

Furthermore, industry-specific laws and regulations may apply depending on the type of information at issue. For example, personal information obtained by financial institutions, e-commerce businesses, healthcare providers, or telecom or Internet service/content providers is subject to special regulation.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

If the candidate is a citizen of or a non-citizen current resident of the United Kingdom or a European Union member state, all GDPR protections apply. Protections include, but are not limited to, requiring appropriate notice and GDPR compliant consent or other lawful basis for the processing of personal information and sensitive data.

Choose Global Background Screening for Your China Background Check Needs

As a leader in global background checks, GBS provides comprehensive and accurate background check services in China and beyond. Our e-commerce portal allows you to access on-demand background checks with ease, making the process both convenient and efficient. When you choose GBS for your China background check needs, you can trust that you are receiving the most reliable and up-to-date information available, ensuring that you make informed decisions when it comes to hiring or partnering with individuals or businesses in China.

By understanding the various types of background checks available and their associated costs, as well as the data protection and compliance rules in place, you can make informed decisions and select the best background check provider for your needs. Choose Global Background Screening for comprehensive, accurate, and affordable background check services in China and around the world.

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