These days, jobs require around as much background checking as when I got my secret clearance in the Army in 1995. That’s a huge change that is just absurd and not discussed often. All this with no evidence that it improves anything, but it certainly harms the already-downtrodden.

One job I applied for at MetLife, the background check was actually more intensive than my secret clearance in the military. Note that in this job (which I declined) I wouldn’t have been handling any financial data and would’ve had no access to customer information.