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Statistical Analysis of Online Ads for Internet Data Broker Website Uncovers Possible Racial Profiling

A Harvard University professor who ran a statistical analysis of online ads used by an Internet data broker website that suggested certain names may have arrest records uncovered what she described as possible racial profiling when she found the company’s advertising “disproportionately” used the word “arrested” for black-identifying names even when a person had no arrest record, according to the Huffington Post. The story is available at Continue reading

Mobile App Developers Must Comply with California Online Privacy Protection Act by November 29

Effective November 29, 2012, all mobile application developers with “apps” available in California must be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act, according to a press release issued by  Attorney General Kamala D. Harris on October 30, 2012. The Attorney General formally notified up to 100 mobile app developers with ‘Notice of Non-Compliance with California Online Privacy Protection Act’ letters that they had 30 days to “conspicuously post a privacy policy within their app that informs users of what personally identifiable information about them is being collected and what will be done with that private information.” The press release is available at Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Present Five Hour Seminar on Background Checks in San Francisco on December 4

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a five hour seminar titled “Conducting Background Checks Thoroughly and Legally” for the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM PST at the NCHRA Training Center, 425 California Street, Suite 500, in San Francisco, California. For information and to register for the seminar, which qualifies for 5 General/MCLE Recertification credits, visit Continue reading

EEOC Performance and Accountability Report Under New Strategic Plan Shows Record High Monetary Recoveries for Discrimination Victims

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced record high monetary recoveries for victims of discrimination for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 – more than $365 million – in its first Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) compiled under the standards of the EEOC’s new Strategic Plan. The PAR for FY 2012 is available at  An EEOC press release detailing the PAR findings, which also include a significant decrease in the inventory of pending cases, is available at Continue reading

Holiday Season Identity Theft Rising So Shoppers Need to Protect Their Identities from ID Thieves

With the arrival of ‘Black Friday’ and Cyber Monday,’ the first Friday and Monday after Thanksgiving, shoppers are ready for the official kickoff to the 2012 holiday shopping season. With research showing identity theft on the rise with help from social media and smart phones, shoppers need to protect their identities more than ever. For suggestions from The Hanover Insurance Group on how holiday shoppers can avoid identity theft, visit Continue reading

California Proposition 35 Requiring Sex Offenders to Disclose Internet Information Temporarily Blocked by Judge

A federal judge has temporarily blocked implementation of California Proposition 35, Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act (“CASE ACT”), a new law overwhelmingly approved by 81 percent of voters on Election Day that contains a requirement for the state’s approximately 73,000 registered sex offenders to disclose online screen names and Internet service providers to law enforcement. A report from KTVU Fox Channel 2 News in Oakland, CA about the blockage of Proposition 35 is available at Continue reading

Newark Bans the Box by Restricting Use of Criminal Background Checks by Employers Starting November 18

The City of Newark, New Jersey has passed Ordinance 12-1630 that takes effect Sunday, November 18, 2012 and will “ban the box” on job applications asking applicants about criminal records until they have been deemed qualified and eligible for employment and after a conditional job offer, thus restricting the ability of employers in the city with five or more employees to run criminal background checks. The text of Ordinance 12-1630 is available at Continue reading

Workplace Violence Accounts for Nearly One in Every Five Fatal Work Injuries in US

Preliminary statistics from the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveal that nearly one in every five fatal work injuries was attributed not to accidents but to workplace violence. The CFOI found that of the 4,609 total fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2011, 780 fatalities – or nearly 17 percent – were a result of violence and other injuries by persons or animals. For more information about the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), visit: Continue reading

Background Checks Used by Two Popular Caregiver Websites Approved Babysitters with Arrest Records

Two popular caregiver screening websites that help people find babysitters and elder care helpers using background checks performed by national background screening firms approved several applicants with arrest records, according to a report by NBC Chicago’s Unit 5 Investigative Team. The report, which checked the reliability of the information these babysitter screening websites provided, is available at Continue reading

Court Holds Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act Is Constitutional and Does Not Violate First Amendment

A large background screening firm facing a class action lawsuit alleging inaccurate reports in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) failed in its attempt to have the FCRA declared unconstitutional on the basis that it violates the right to free speech under the First Amendment. A Pennsylvania federal court ruled on November 6, 2012 that the FCRA was constitutional since it regulated information disseminated for private purposes for a fee, and not to the public. More information about the ruling is available at Continue reading