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FTC Warns Background Check Mobile Apps May Violate Fair Credit Reporting Act Regulating Consumer Reporting Agencies

In a developing story that shows why Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) should follow the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when providing background checks, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently warned marketers of six background check mobile applications (“apps”) that they may be violating the FCRA, a federal law enforced by the FTC that regulates CRAs. The FTC sent letters to three background check app marketers warning that they must comply with the FCRA if the background check reports they provide are being used for employment, housing, and credit purposes, according to an updated FTC press release at: Continue reading

E-Verify Self Check Now Available in All 50 United States

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the free online service of the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system called “Self Check” that allows workers to check their own employment eligibility status is now available in all 50 United states, as well as Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. For more information about Self Check, please visit: Continue reading

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen to Be Interviewed on Privacy Piracy Radio Show

Attorney Lester Rosen, a background check expert and founder and CEO of nationwide accredited background screening firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will be interviewed by Mari Frank, the host of ‘Privacy Piracy’ and an attorney and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), on Monday, February 13, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Pacific Time on KUCI 88.9 FM Radio in Irvine, California with live audio streaming available on (Update: To listen to recording of interview, visit Continue reading

Oracle Buys Taleo to Add Human Resource Talent Management Tool

Multinational business hardware and software system provider Oracle has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Taleo Corporation, a leading provider of cloud-based talent management, for $46.00 per share or approximately $1.9 billion, according to a press release on the Oracle web site available at: Continue reading

Safe Hiring Webinar Series Begins February 16 with Overview of Background Checks

Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of background check company Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present ‘A Guide to the Essentials of Safe Hiring eProgram Series’ for the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), a series of four webinars offering HR professionals and employers cost-effective and legally compliant techniques to avoid hiring job applicants who are potentially dangerous, unfit, unqualified, or dishonest. The first webinar in the series, ‘An Overview of Background Checks and the Use of Criminal Records,’ takes place on Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST. For more information or to register for the webinar series, visit: Continue reading

Background Screening Mobile Apps May Violate Fair Credit Reporting Act FTC Warns

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned marketers of six mobile applications that provide background screening “apps” that they may be in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), a federal law enforced by the FTC, and that they must comply with the FCRA if they have reason to believe the background screening reports they provide are being used for employment, housing, credit, or other similar purposes. The FTC press release is available at: Continue reading

European Data Protection Regulation Overhaul Proposed by European Commission

To help individuals enjoy effective control over their personal information, an extensive January 2012 proposal by the European Commission for a new General Data Protection Regulation aims to strengthen and bring into harmony data protection law across Europe. A Communication from the Commission, ‘Safeguarding Privacy in a Connected World – A European Data Protection Framework for the 21st Century,’ is at: Continue reading

Jobs Report for January 2012 Reveals US Economy Added 243000 Jobs

Led by widespread job growth in the private sector, ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION – JANUARY 2012’ report released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals total nonfarm payroll employment added 243,000 jobs in January 2012 while the unemployment rate decreased to 8.3 percent and the number of unemployed persons fell to 12.8 million. The Employment Situation for January 2012 will be available at  until the Employment Situation for February 2012 is released Friday, March 9, 2012. Continue reading

ADP Employment Report for January 2012 Shows Private Sector Added 170000 Jobs

Private sector employment in the United States increased by 170,000 jobs from December 2011 to January 2012 on a seasonally adjusted basis led by the private service-providing sector adding 152,000 jobs and small businesses adding 95,000 jobs, according to the January 2012 ADP National Employment Report® from Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®). The complete ADP report for January 2012 is available at: Continue reading

Identity Theft Crackdown by IRS and Justice Department Targets 105 People in 23 States

As part of a stepped-up effort against tax refund fraud and identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Justice Department have announced that a massive nationwide sweep last week targeting 105 people in 23 states to crack down on suspected identity theft perpetrators resulted in 939 criminal charges related to identity theft, according to a news release on the IRS website available at:,,id=253147,00.html?portlet=108. Continue reading