FTC Releases Agenda for Virtual Data Portability Workshop on September 22

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 10, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the agenda for the virtual “FTC Workshop on Data Portability” that will take place on September 22, 2020, to examine the potential benefits and challenges to consumers and competition raised by data portability, according to a press …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Completes Annual Privacy Shield Certification for 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check provider with capabilities in more than 240 countries and territories – has received notification from the International Trade Administration (ITA) that ESR’s annual submission for its certification of adherence to the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield frameworks …

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EU and U.S. Initiate Discussions for Enhanced Privacy Shield Framework

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 10, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) and the European Commission issued a joint press statement to initiate discussions evaluating the potential for an enhanced EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework to comply with a judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) …

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FTC Finalizes Privacy Shield Settlement Over Allegations about Participation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 13, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a government agency that protects consumers and promotes competition – finalized a settlement with a medical diagnostic devices and services company over allegations the firm misled consumers about its participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. The …

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European Union (EU) Court Invalidates EU-U.S. Privacy Shield for Data Transfers

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) On July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a decision that invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and opened the door for the possible suspension of data transfers from the European Union to the United States based on the Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs), …

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FTC Virtual Workshop Seeks Input on Changes to Safeguards Rule of GLB Act

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 13, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a U.S. government agency that protects consumers and promotes competition – will host “An FTC Workshop on GLB Standards” that seeks input on proposed changes to the Safeguards Rule of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) Act which requires financial …

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FTC Settles Case of Misleading Consumers about Privacy Shield Participation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 30, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a government agency that protects consumers and promotes competition – announced that the FTC settled allegations that an operator of secure data centers misled consumers about its participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework that allows participants …

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Enforcement of California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Begins July 1, 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 30, 2020, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued an alert reminding consumers of their data privacy rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which provides consumers with access to and control over their personal information. The Attorney General will begin enforcement of the CCPA …

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Former eBay Employees Charged with Leading Alleged Cyberstalking Campaign

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 15, 2020, six former employees of eBay, Inc. were charged with “leading a cyberstalking campaign targeting the editor and publisher of a newsletter that eBay executives viewed as critical of the company” that included sending anonymous and threatening messages, sending disturbing deliveries, and conducting covert …

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FTC Approves Settlement with Background Check Firm Over Privacy Shield

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 23, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a U.S. government agency protecting consumers – announced it gave final approval to a settlement with a background check firm over allegations the company misrepresented participation in and compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework that enables …

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