Originally Posted by MindfulAgony
Someone collecting private information (which some - very expensive - background checks do) on you is another matter altogether and should looked on dimly and, in certain cases, is against US law.
I don't really get why someone would think a criminal records check would be invasive. However, I do understand why someone convicted of a crime is embarrased by it. Searching public records just doesn't rank for me as an invasion of privacy.
See, the kinds of things you can look up in the States are considered private here, so I think that is where the disparity is coming from. If the info you consider private was available via a Google search for people in another country, you might feel it was a little invasive or odd that those people looked up these things. That's sort of where we are sitting from across the border.