AUSTRIA BACKGROUND CHECK

There are many countries in the world where there are abundance chances of scam and to defraud people and Austria is one of them. They have designed the policies to cater their own interests.  To increase their quality production, and maintain a good professional environment within the organizations, it is very much essential to check few things at the back end.

We provide background verification services to verify the facts, records, testimonials, credentials, and other things so that the trust and confidence in any company could be sustained. Trust and reliability are the founding stones of our organizational structure, and we never disappoint our clients.

The reason behind the launch of our background verification services in Austria is very clear. We want to free the firms from any possible risk by giving boost to their growth. Even now the whole Austria can make the most of our available services, such as the cities Vienna, Graz, Linz, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Villach, Wels, Sankt Polten, Dornbirn, Steyr, Wiener Neustadt, Feldkirch, Bregenz and Wolfsberg.

If you have any of your reservations regarding this, you can visit our website anytime, and also write us at info@backcheckgroup.com.

General Information

GDP USD428.32bn (World ranking 28, World Bank 2013)
Population 8 million (World ranking 93, World Bank 2013)
Form of state Federal Republic
Head of government Werner FAYMANN (SPÖ)
Next elections 2016, presidential

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PRODUCTS IN AUSTRIA

OUR SERVICES IN AUSTRIA

Now we have made it easy to verify the bank status of your employee. Our Bankruptcy Check Service enables to have complete information about any candidate’s past bank statements and also the current status. This service will give satisfactory solution regarding bankruptcy check anywhere in Austria.

If any applicant was never involved in criminal activity, then this can be quickly verified through Police Check. Through this Check, the worries about hiring any criminal can be solved. There are three slots available to avail these services; namely: Basic Slot, Standard Slot and Advanced Slot. These slots are to cater different needs of different clients.

Whether an applicant is convicted or ever been charged, this can be verified through Court Judgments. This service will help to dig out all the charged or convictions whenever labeled against an applicant.

Finance is the integral part of every organization; same is true with any employee, if he was ever involved in any financial fraud, then we will know about it through Credit Check. If you miss this check, you have no idea what your organization may face in future.

This check is comprised of:

The Bankruptcy
The Insolvency
The Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVA)

Where there is freedom of expression, the media is also free there. We will report you if we find any negative media reports about the applicant through our intelligence search. We guarantee you that this verification can show you the authentic statistics.

Data Protection

Austria

Contribution Details

Wolfgang Freund

Partner

Law

Austria implemented the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC with the Data Protection Act, Federal Law Gazette part I No. 165/1999 as amended (“Act”).

Definition of Personal Data

Personal Data is defined as information relating to an identified or identifiable subject.

Definition of Sensitive Personal Data

Sensitive personal data refers to data relating to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, trade union membership, religious or philosophical belief, health or sex life of a natural person.

National Data Protection Authority

Austrian Data Protection Commission
Datenschutzkommision

Registration

  • Unless an exemption applies, data controllers who process personal data by automatic means must notify the Data Protection Authority (“DPA”), who keep a register of all data applications. The Data Protection Register is accessible by the public. Changes to the data application will require the notification to be amended.
  • An exemption applies to so called standard applications, which are defined by decree of the Federal Chancellor.
  • The notification shall inter alia include the following information (as outlined in the DPA standard notification form):
  • the title and purpose(s) of the data application;
  • the controller’s contact details and if relevant the controller’s representatives’ contact details;
  • the categories of personal data processed;
  • whether sensitive data is processed;
  • the recipients of the data;
  • the legitimate authority for the data application;
  • a description of security measures; and
  • in cases where an approval by the DPA for the foreign data transfer is required, the reference of the respective order of the DPA.

Data Protection officers

There is no legal requirement in Austria for organisations to appoint a data protection officer.

Collection and Processing

Data controllers may collect and process personal data if they have legitimate authority and in addition any of the following conditions are met:

  • the data subject consents, such consent can be revoked at any time;
  • the processing is necessary to enable the controller to fulfill an explicit legal authorization or
    obligation;
  • the processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject;
  • the processing is necessary to enable the controller or third parties to protect a legitimate interest, except where such interest is overridden by the interests of the data subject, such as:
  • the processing is necessary to fulfill a contract to which the data subject is party, or to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into such a contract;
  • the processing is necessary to perform a task in the public interest;
  • the processing is necessary to exercise official authority;
  • the processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of a third party; or
  • the processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims of the controller before a public authority.
  • Where sensitive personal data is processed, a different, exhaustive list of specific conditions applies. With regard to sensitive data, the legitimate interest in confidentiality will not be infringed in the following circumstances:
  • where the data was clearly made public by the data subject;
  • where the data is used only in indirectly personal form;
  • where the use of the data is authorized or required by law and in the public interest;
  • where the data is used by state authorities for inter authority assistance;
  • where the data relates exclusively to the exercise of a public function of the data subject, revocation being possible any time;
  • where the data subject has given explicit consent to the use of the data;
  • where processing or disclosure is necessary to safeguard the vital interests of the data subject, and consent cannot be obtained in due time;
  • where the use of the data is necessary to safeguard the vital interests of a third party;
  • where the use of the data is necessary for the enforcement, exercise or defense of legal claims of the data controller before the authorities, provided such data has been lawfully collected;
  • where the data is used only for private purposes, for statistical or research purposes, or for the purpose of informing or interviewing the data subject;
  • where the use of the data is necessary for compliance with labor or employment law;
  • where the use of the data is required for medical prevention, medical diagnostics, health care or treatment, or for the administration of medical services, and the data is only used by medical staff or other persons who are subject to an obligation of secrecy; or
  • where data regarding political or ideological opinions of natural persons is used by non profit organisations, with political, philosophical, religious or trade union objectives, within the legitimate scope of their activities, and such data relates to members, supporters, or other persons who have on a regular basis expressed their interest in the objectives of the relevant organisation.

Whichever of the above conditions is relied upon, the controller must first provide the data subject with certain information, unless an exemption applies. The notification shall at least include information on the identity of the controller and the purposes of the processing.
The data controller should also inform the data subject of other aspects necessary to ensure that the processing is fair, such as whether or not it is obligatory to respond and the right to object to the processing.

Transfer

A transfer of personal data is only lawful, if:

  • the data originates from a lawful data application;
  • the recipient can show a legitimate authority to receive the data; and
  • the interests of the data subjects are preserved.
  • A transfer to recipients outside the EU/European Economic Area requires the prior approval of the DPA, unless:
  • the recipient resides in a country, which by decree of the Federal Chancellor provides for “adequate protection” (e.g. companies which adhere to the US/EU Safe Harbor principles);
  • the data subject has without any doubt consented to the transfer;
  • a contract between the controller and the data subject or a third party, that has been concluded clearly in the interest of the data subject, cannot be fulfilled except by the trans-border transmission of data;
  • the data has been published legitimately in Austria;
  • data is transferred or committed that is only indirectly personal to the recipient;
  • the trans border transfer is authorized by regulations that are equivalent to a statute in the Austrian legal system and are immediately applicable;
  • the data is for private purposes;
  • the transfer is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims before a foreign authority and the data was collected legitimately;
  • the transfer is expressly named in a standard application; or
  • the transfer is made from a data application that is exempted from registration.

The DPA shall grant its approval if, in the specific case, adequate protection can be evidenced. Such safeguards may inter alias result from contractual clauses, e.g. by standard contractual clauses approved by the European Commission, or via an organisation’s Binding Corporate Rules.

Security

Data controllers and processors must implement the appropriate technical and organisational measures, depending on the technological state of the art and the cost incurred in execution, to protect personal data against accidental or intentional destruction or loss, unauthorized disclosure or access and against all other unlawful forms of processing.

The Act thereby lists particular measures, such as a regulation of the rights of access to data and the right to operate on data.

Breach Notification

Since the beginning of 2010, the Act has required a data controller to notify the data subjects in an appropriate way, if it realizes that the data in its data application has been systematically or
in a material way unlawfully used, unless the potential damage of the data subjects is negligible or the notification would require unreasonable expense.

Enforcement

Anybody can raise a complaint with the DPA. The DPA is authorized to investigate data applications in any case of reasonable suspicion. It has the power to request clarification from the data controller and inspect documentation.

A violation of a data subject’s right to secrecy, rectification or deletion of data must be brought before the competent civil court.

Failure to comply with the Act may be sanctioned by the competent administrative authority with fines up to EUR 25,000.

Electronic Marketing

The Act does not specifically address (electronic) marketing, while the use of personal data for marketing purposes clearly falls within the remit of the Act. It is arguable that the processing of personal data within the scope of the business is permissible for marketing purposes. However, it is argued that the consent of the data subjects is required.

Electronic marketing is also regulated by the Austrian Telecommunications Act (Telecommunications gesetz 2003, “TKG”). Pursuant to the TKG the sending of electronic messages without prior consent of the recipient is unlawful, if the sending is for direct marketing purposes and to more than 50 recipients. No consent is required if the data has been obtained in the course of the sale of goods or provision of services, occurs for the same or similar goods or services, the recipient is able to decline easily and with no costs for the use of his or her personal data and the recipient has not previously declared, by requesting
to be entered on to the relevant list (maintained by the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR)), that he or she does not want to be contacted.

Online Privacy (Including Cookies and Location Data)

Online privacy is specifically regulated by the TKG.

Traffic Data

– Traffic Data held by communications services providers (“CSPs”) must be erased or anonymity when it is no longer necessary for the purpose of the transmission of a communication. However, Traffic Data can be retained for purposes of invoicing the services. In such a case, if the invoice has been paid and no appeal has been lodged with the CSP within three months the Traffic Data must be erased or anonymised.

Location Data

– Location Data may only be processed for value added services and with consent of the user. Even in case of consent, the user must be able to prohibit the processing by simple means, for free and for a certain time period.

Cookie Compliance

– The relevant section of the TKG stipulates that a user must give informed consent for the storage of personal data, which includes a cookie. The user has to be aware of the fact that consent for the storage or processing of personal data is given, as well as the details of the data to be stored or processed, and has to agree actively. Therefore obtaining consent via some form of pop up or click through agreement seems advisable. Consent by way of browser settings, or a pre-selected check-box etc. is probably not sufficient in this respect. If for technical reasons the short term storage of content data is necessary, such data must be deleted immediately thereafter.

Anti Corruption Laws

(enacted in 1975)

(Abstract: The Republic of Austria enacted the criminal code in 1975. the basic principles including the principle of legality, principles of criminal liability and humanitarian principles had been set up in this criminal code.)

§ 306 StGB Vorbereitung der Bestechlichkeit oder der Vorteilsannahme

(1) Ein österreichischer Amtsträger oder Schiedsrichter, ein Amtsträger oder Schiedsrichter eines anderen Mitgliedstaates der Europäischen Union oder ein Gemeinschaftsbeamter, der mit dem Vorsatz, die pflichtwidrige Vornahme oder Unterlassung eines künftigen Amtsgeschäfts anzubahnen, einen Vorteil für sich oder einen Dritten fordert, annimmt oder sich versprechen lässt, ist mit Freiheitsstrafe bis zu zwei Jahren zu bestrafen.
(2) Ebenso ist ein Amtsträger nach § 74 Abs. 1 Z 4a lit. b bis d oder Schiedsrichter zu bestrafen, der mit dem Vorsatz, die pflichtgemäße Vornahme oder Unterlassung eines künftigen Amtsgeschäfts anzubahnen, einen Vorteil für sich oder einen Dritten fordert, es sei denn, dies wäre nach einer dienst- oder organisationsrechtlichen Vorschrift oder einer dienstrechtlichen Genehmigung ausdrücklich erlaubt.
(3) Wer die Tat in Bezug auf einen 3.000 Euro übersteigenden Wert des Vorteils begeht, ist mit Freiheitsstrafe bis zu drei Jahren zu bestrafen, wer jedoch die Tat in Bezug auf einen 50.000 Euro übersteigenden Wert des Vorteils begeht, ist mit Freiheitsstrafe von sechs Monaten bis zu fünf Jahren zu bestrafen.

§ 307 StGB

(1) Wer einem Amtsträger oder Schiedsrichter für die pflichtwidrige Vornahme oder Unterlassung eines Amtsgeschäfts einen Vorteil für ihn oder einen Dritten anbietet, verspricht oder gewährt, ist mit Freiheitsstrafe bis zu drei Jahren zu bestrafen. Ebenso ist zu bestrafen, wer einem Sachverständigen (§ 304 Abs. 1) für die Erstattung eines unrichtigen Befundes oder Gutachtens einen Vorteil für ihn oder einen Dritten anbietet, verspricht oder gewährt.
(2) Wer die Tat in Bezug auf einen 3.000 Euro übersteigenden Wert des Vorteils begeht, ist mit Freiheitsstrafe von sechs Monaten bis zu fünf Jahren zu bestrafen, wer jedoch die Tat in Bezug auf einen 50.000 Euro übersteigenden Wert des Vorteils begeht, ist mit Freiheitsstrafe von einem bis zu zehn Jahren zu bestrafen.

§ 307a StGB Vorteilszuwendung

(1) Wer einem Amtsträger nach § 74 Abs. 1 Z 4a lit. b bis d oder Schiedsrichter für die pflichtgemäße Vornahme oder Unterlassung eines Amtsgeschäfts entgegen einem den Vorteilsempfänger treffenden dienst- oder organisationsrechtlichen Verbot einen Vorteil für ihn oder einen Dritten anbietet, verspricht oder gewährt, ist mit Freiheitsstrafe bis zu zwei Jahren zu bestrafen.
(2) Wer die Tat in Bezug auf einen 3.000 Euro übersteigenden Wert des Vorteils begeht, ist mit Freiheitsstrafe bis zu drei Jahren zu bestrafen, wer jedoch die Tat in Bezug auf einen 50.000 Euro übersteigenden Wert des Vorteils begeht, ist mit Freiheitsstrafe von sechs Monaten bis zu fünf Jahren zu bestrafen.

§ 307b StGB Vorbereitung der Bestechung

(1) Wer einem österreichischen Amtsträger oder Schiedsrichter, einem Amtsträger oder Schiedsrichter eines anderen Mitgliedstaates der Europäischen Union oder einem Gemeinschaftsbeamten zur Anbahnung der pflichtwidrigen Vornahme oder Unterlassung eines künftigen Amtsgeschäfts für ihn oder einen Dritten einen Vorteil anbietet, verspricht oder gewährt, ist mit Freiheitsstrafe bis zu zwei Jahren zu bestrafen.

(2) Wer die Tat in Bezug auf einen 3.000 Euro übersteigenden Wert des Vorteils begeht, ist mit Freiheitsstrafe bis zu drei Jahren zu bestrafen, wer jedoch die Tat in Bezug auf einen 50.000 Euro übersteigenden Wert des Vorteils begeht, ist mit Freiheitsstrafe von sechs Monaten bis zu fünf Jahren zu bestrafen.

§ 307c StGB Tätige Reue

(1) Wegen der in den §§ 304 bis 307b mit Strafe bedrohten Handlungen ist nicht zu bestrafen, wer freiwillig und bevor die Behörde (§ 151 Abs. 3) von seinem Verschulden erfahren hat, die Ausführung aufgibt, oder diese, falls mehrere an dem Vorhaben beteiligt sind, verhindert oder den Erfolg abwendet und jedenfalls einen angenommenen Vorteil oder einen Geldbetrag, der dem Wert dieses Vorteils entspricht, im Zug der Selbstanzeige bei der Behörde erlegt.

(2) Unter den in Abs. 1 genannten Voraussetzungen ist der Täter auch dann nicht zu bestrafen, wenn die Ausführung oder der Erfolg ohne sein Zutun unterbleibt, er sich jedoch in Unkenntnis dessen freiwillig und ernstlich bemüht, die Ausführung zu verhindern oder den Erfolg abzuwenden.

§ 308 StGB

Wer wissentlich unmittelbar oder mittelbar darauf Einfluss nimmt, dass ein Amtsträger oder ein Schiedsrichter eine in seinen Aufgabenbereich fallende Dienstverrichtung pflichtwidrig vornehme oder unterlasse und für diese Einflussnahme für sich oder einen Dritten einen Vorteil fordert, annimmt oder sich versprechen lässt, ist mit Freiheitsstrafe bis zu zwei Jahren zu bestrafen. Wer die Tat in Bezug auf einen 3.000 Euro übersteigenden Wert des Vorteils begeht, ist mit Freiheitsstrafe bis zu drei Jahren zu bestrafen. Wer die Tat in Bezug auf einen 50.000 Euro übersteigenden Wert des Vorteils begeht, ist mit Freiheitsstrafe von sechs Monaten bis zu fünf Jahren zu bestrafen.

Police Background Check Procedures

Who can apply?

•  Any individual may apply, as well as an authorised third party on their behalf.
•  Internally, applicants may apply in person or online.
•  Externally, applicants may apply through the Austrian Embassy/Consulate,

Where?

•  Internally, applicants may apply in person or online.
•  Externally, applicants may apply through the Austrian Embassy/Consulate,
What must the applicant supply?
Embassy applications:
•  Completed application form (Antrag auf Austellung einer Strafregisterbescheinigung)
•  Passport
•  Birth certificate
•  If relevant, previous names (e.g. marriage certificates)
•  A stamped and self-addressed envelope if the applicant wants the certificate posted to them.
Otherwise collection in person.

In Austria:

•  If applying to a town hall or to a nearby Federal Police Bureau, applicant must appear in person at least once: e.g. if the application is posted in, they must collect certificate in person
•  There are fourteen Bureaux for applicants to apply to.

Online:

•  „Bürgerkarte‟ (Citizen Card) that contains personal data and an e-signature

What are the costs / turnaround times?

Embassy applications:
•  Fee of £34.60, payable in cash or postal order (Cheques are not accepted)
•  Turnaround is several weeks Online / in person applications:
•  Fee of €26.40
When applying in person on request of an employer, the fee is €15.30. This discount is not available online.
In person, turnaround can be immediate. Online turnaround may be up to 2 weeks.

Contact Details

Local applicants can:

Apply online: https://apps.egiz.gv.at/strafregister/Visit: Federal Police Bureau, Vienna:
Bundespolizeidirektion
Wasagasse 22
1090 Wien
Tel: 0043 313 10 0
Fax: 0043 313 044 9244
Email: bpdw.strafregisteramt@polizei.gv.at
External applicants can visit the Austrian consulate general in London:
The Austrian Embassy 18 Belgrave Mews West London SW1X 8HU
Tel: 0044 20 7344 3250
Fax: 0044 20 7344 0292
Email: London-ob@bmeia.gv.at

Risk

Sovereign risk

The increase in public debt resulting from the government’s adoption of a “bad bank” solution for Hypo Group Alpe Adria (HGAA) and revisions under the new ESA 2010 methodology create only moderate risks. Austria’s fiscal position is generally sound, and the government’s funding position is comfortable.

Banking sector risk

The government’s decision to cancel HGAA’s state-guaranteed debt and “bail in” its junior bondholders increases uncertainty about what the government would do if other banks were to run into trouble. Over time, Austrian lenders’ exposure to central and eastern Europe will bring higher profits, but in the near term it generates risks, particularly given the situation in Russia and Ukraine. Capital-adequacy ratios for the sector remain below the euro zone average.

Political risk

We expect the grand coalition government of the centre-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) to serve its full term to 2018. The agreement on tax reform reached in March 2015 is an important boost to political stability in the near term, although implementation risks remain and some details of the reform are unclear.

Economic structure risk

The economy’s reliance on industrial exports to Germany should ensure that growth remains steady. However, exposure to Russia via trade and investment is a concern, given the impact of EU sanctions on the Russian economy. Economic fundamentals are fairly healthy compared with those of other euro zone countries, and the current account is set to maintain a moderate surplus.

Travel Risk

Security

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.

Crime

The crime rate in Austria is low. However, petty crime (pickpocketing, bag snatching) is increasing, particularly in Vienna. Pickpockets are active in pedestrian shopping areas, restaurants, cafés, hotel lobbies and train stations, aboard public transport and at tourist attractions. International night trains travelling to and from Austria are often targeted by thieves. Exercise caution around city parks and subway stations after dark.

Demonstrations

Demonstrations occur and can lead to significant disruptions to traffic and public transportation. They have turned violent in the past on rare occasion. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media.

Road travel

Road conditions are generally good. Mountain roads are often narrow and covered with snow and ice during winter. Roads may close due to avalanches. Carry tire chains in the car if you intend to use mountain roads.

Public Transportation

See Transportation Safety in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.

Mountain activities

Towns and ski resorts may be snowed in and roads made impassable after heavy snowfalls. Avalanches present risks, especially following huge snowfalls. Some have resulted in deaths.

If you intend to do mountaineering or ski touring:

a) never practice these activities alone;

b) always hire an experienced guide from a reputable company;

c) buy travel health insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation;

d) ensure you are in top physical condition;

e) advise a family member or friend of your itinerary and when you expect to be back;

f) know the symptoms of acute altitude sickness, which can be fatal;

g) register with the Embassy of Canada in Austria; and

h) obtain detailed information on trekking routes or ski slopes before setting out.

Do not venture off established trails, especially in early or late winter. Austrian authorities have also warned skiers not to leave marked slopes.

You are advised to visit the Austrian National Tourist Office website for information on weather and safety conditions. Advice should be followed carefully.

Take note of the coordinates of the Embassy of Canada in Vienna, to contact in the event of an emergency.

General safety information

Exercise normal safety precautions. Ensure personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times, especially on public transportation.

Emergency services

Dial 112 for emergency assistance.

Annual Cases

Budget Autonomy Yes
Annual Budget of the Agency EUR 7.780000
Per Capital Expenditure
Expeniture as % of the GDP
Are employees protected by law from recrimination or other negative consequences when reporting corruption (i.e. whistle-blowing)? Yes
Does your country have freedom of information legislation? Yes
Does your country have conflict of interest legislation? Yes
Does your country have a financial disclosure system to help prevent conflicts of interest? Yes
Who appoints the head of your agency? The Federal Minister of the Interior appoints the head of our agency after consultation amongst the presidents of the Constitutional Court, the Administrative Court and the Supreme Court of Justice.
Who has the authority to remove the head of the ACA? Federal Minister of the Interior.
Is there any term limit for the head of the ACA? Yes , five year term limit; reappointment is possible.
Does your agency measure performance? Yes
Number of investigations launched
Number of investigations completed
Full access to Government Yes

Address Format

RECIPIENT

STREET_NAME HOUSE_NUMBER [APARTMENT] [FLOOR]
POSTAL_CODE LOCALITY
AUSTRIA

Sample

Wolfgang Schüssel
Liebiggasse 5
1010 WIEN
AUSTRIA

Summary

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2015-01-30 08:00 AM Q4 -0.1% 0.2% (R) 0.05%
2015-02-27 08:00 AM Q4 -0.2% 0.2% -0.1% -0.1%
2015-04-30 08:00 AM Q1 0.4% -0.2% -0.11%
2015-05-29 08:00 AM Q1 -0.2%
2015-08-14 08:00 AM Q2 -0.23%
2015-10-30 08:00 AM Q3 -0.32%
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