Everyone at ESR wishes you a Happy Holiday Season.

ESR will be closed this year the days after Thanksgiving (11/27 and 28), Christmas (12/25 and 26) and New Years (1/1 and 2) in Observation of those holidays. Please contact Customer Service if you have any questions.

New Group Forms to Promote Privacy Protection by Agreeing not to Send Data Offshore

An important issue for employers in working with a background screening firm is knowing exactly where the screening firm is sending an applicant’s personal and identifiable information, or PII. Identity theft is a significant issue for Americans, and if an identity is stolen, it can take years to clean up the mess, cost a great deal of money and cause untold grief.

However, there are some background screening firms that seek to lower their costs by off-shoring screening functions to countries outside of the United States.  One of the problems with off-shoring is that once data leaves the United States, the data is beyond the reach of U.S. privacy laws.

To address this issue, a number of background firms have banded together and have voluntarily adopted a standard that they do not off-shore domestic verifications, and precautions are even taken with international verifications to protect PII.  See http://www.concernedcras.com/ ESR is a subscriber to the no off-shoring standard. If a firm is not listed on that site, an employer is well advised to inquire if any data is sent offshore and, if so, what protections are in place.