Security clearance applicants consent to release of information: RCMP
The RCMP says people consent to having private information released when they apply to go through security clearance.
Tina Lorenzen lost her job at an airline after the RCMP released unproven allegations when she applied for security clearance. Transport Canada says Lorenzen's failure to disclose a 1995 conviction for assault, combined with the information released by RCMP "raised questions regarding her judgment, reliability and trustworthiness."
Lorenzen worked as a cargo agent for Canadian North in Yellowknife and Norman Wells, and when she was transferred to Edmonton in 2011 she had to apply for a higher level of security clearance. She signed a form allowing the RCMP to release information to Transport Canada.
In a statement, the RCMP's federal headquarters says by allowing an employer to run a security clearance, Lorenzen consented to the RCMP releasing any information contained in law enforcement files including police intelligence.
The information RCMP released from its files included unproven allegations that Lorenzen placed a substantial amount of marijuana on aircraft to be distributed in small northern communities and that an RCMP officer smelled marijuana on her while she was in a bar.
RCMP say the additional information such as unproved allegations helps safeguard public safety. It's up to the employer to decide whether to take unproven allegations into account.