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Thomas Ahearn is the ESR News Blog Editor. Please email comments & questions to tahearn@esrcheck.com.

Maryland Rejects Nearly 15 Percent of Drivers Who Passed Uber and Lyft Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has indicated that “nearly 15 percent of new ride-hail drivers” were removed from apps over the past six months for failing state mandated screening “despite having passed Uber and Lyft’s background checks,” according to a report by The Washington Post. Continue reading

Spokane County Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Prohibit Questions about Criminal History of Applicants

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners has voted to Ban the Box and will “remove questions about past criminal convictions from county job applications” to give applicants seeking employment with Spokane Country, Washington a fair chance, according to a report from The Spokesman-Review. Continue reading

Woman Who Used Resume Fraud to Work in Hospital Shows Importance of Education and Employment Verifications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A woman who admitted in court that she lied about her credentials and experience on her resume to work as a nurse at a St. Louis, Missouri hospital for months and teach nursing at a New Mexico college shows the importance of education and employment verifications when background screening job applicants. Continue reading

ICE May Quadruple Worksite Enforcement Actions Next Year to Better Enforce Immigration Laws

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan has indicated he instructed the investigative unit of ICE, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), to potentially quadruple worksite enforcement actions next year while speaking at an event focused on enforcing immigration laws and strengthening border security, according a video recording of the event available on C-SPAN. Continue reading

FTC and ED to Host Workshop to Explore Privacy Issues Related to Education Technology

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Education (ED) will co-host an workshop on “Student Privacy and Ed Tech”  on December 1, 2017, to examine how the FTC’s Rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) applies to schools and intersects with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that is administered by the ED, according to a FTC press release. Continue reading

First Annual Review of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Shows Data Protected but Also Makes Recommendations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 18, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published its report on the first annual review of the EU- U.S. Privacy Shield that protects personal data of people in the European Union (EU) transferred to companies in the United States (U.S.) for commercial purposes, according to a press release. Continue reading

Judge Dismisses FCRA Lawsuit Against Home Depot Citing Supreme Court Decision in Spokeo Case

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 18, 2017, a California federal judge granted a Motion to Dismiss a proposed class action lawsuit against Home Depot that claimed the retailer violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to make proper disclosures and failing to obtain proper authorization when screening. Continue reading

FTC to Host Informational Injury Workshop to Examine Injuries Suffered when Consumer Information Misused

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the nation’s primary federal privacy and data security enforcement agency – has announced that it will host a “Informational Injury Workshop” in order to examine questions about injuries consumers suffer when their information is misused on December 12, 2017, according to an FTC press release. Continue reading

Suspect in Shootings at Maryland Business had History of Workplace Violence

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The man suspected of killing three of his co-workers and wounding two others at a business in Maryland on October 18, 2017, and then driving to Delaware to shoot a sixth person on the same day, had a history of workplace violence and a long criminal record, according to a report from The Baltimore Sun. Continue reading

FCRA Consumer Litigation Filings Increased Nearly 60 Percent Over Previous Month in September 2017

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Consumer litigation filings under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) increased by nearly 60 percent in in September 2017 over the previous month, an increase that “keeps it in line with the aggressive growth in recent years,” according to litigation statistics reported by WebRecon LLC. Continue reading