Black list

A black list is a register of persons with whom an organisation does not want or no longer wants to do business. Such as shoplifters, employees who commit fraud, or guests who cause nuisance. A black list often contains criminal data. A black list is also called a warning system or monitoring system.

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  1. General information

Organisation may choose to:

The following rule of thumb applies for all these cases: the larger the scope of the black list, the stricter the conditions.

Examples of a black list

A supermarket may compile a black list of customers and refuse these persons entry. In this case, the supermarket only uses the black list itself, and nobody outside this supermarket has access to the list.

The supermarket may also share the black list with other supermarkets, to ensure that they are also warned about shoplifters. In that case, all supermarkets affiliated with the black list have access to that black list.

Other examples of shared black lists are:

  • a black list of guests who cause nuisance (hospitality industry);
  • a black list of customers and employees who commit fraud (financial institutions).

Shopkeepers' associations, catering establishments and car hire companies, for example, also use black lists.