Someone joins a well respected organization in Philadelphia. A former police officer is a member. The former officer runs a background check on people that join and shares the information with other organizations and or individuals. Is this legal?
Yes. Apparently the "well-respected organization" you joined wants to remain well-respected; and as you found out, doing so includes checking the backgrounds of all new members--which is not illegal.
Nor does it matter who in the organization does the background checks; in fact it makes perfect sense for the organization to assign that task to a former police officer--for very obvious reasons. Finally, unless you have never been a member of any private organization before, you must know by now that the membership of every private organization on the planet routinely discusses the private affairs of all other members; it is called "gossip" which is not illegal either. If you are unhappy about any of this, your only remedy is to resign from the organization. However, that will NOT stop all the new gossip.
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