FTC Reaches Settlements with Four Companies Over False Claims of Participation in EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 27, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that four companies agreed to settle allegations that they falsely claimed certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and that two of these companies failed to abide by a key framework provision, according to an FTC press …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Completes Annual Privacy Shield Re-Certification for 2018

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – has received notification from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) that ESR’s annual submission for its self-certification of adherence to the Privacy Shield Framework has been finalized and is effective as of September 26, 2018.

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Uber Agrees to Pay $148 Million Settlement to Resolve Allegations from 2016 Data Breach Cover Up

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 26, 2018, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced that Uber Technologies, Inc. agreed to a $148 million nationwide settlement to resolve allegations that the transportation network company (TNC) violated state data breach reporting and reasonable data security laws …

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FTC Testifies Before Senate Committee that Enforcement of FCRA Remains a Top Priority

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 12, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a U.S. government agency promoting consumer protection – testified before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee that “vigorous” enforcement of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) remains a top priority and outlined efforts to educate …

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New York Issues Regulation to Protect New Yorkers from Data Breaches at Credit Reporting Agencies

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 25, 2018, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the state’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued a final regulation to protect New Yorkers from the threat of data breaches at credit reporting agencies such as the massive Equifax data breach that exposed the personal …

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Enforcement of European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Begins May 25

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 25, 2018, enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will begin and the GDPR  will become the primary law regulating the protection of personal data of European Union (EU) citizens. U.S. companies need to comply with the GDPR when performing international background screening in the EU in …

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CFPB Called Far Too Powerful with Little Oversight of Activities in Report

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In April 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – the United States government agency responsible for consumer protection in the financial sector – presented the CFPB’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress for the period beginning on April 1, 2017, and ending on September 30, 2017.

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National Credit Reporting Agencies to Remove All Tax Liens from Consumer Credit Reports in April 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In March 2017, ESR News reported that national credit reporting agencies (NCRAs) Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion had announced the implementation of enhanced standards for the collection and timely updating of public record data included in consumer credit reports as part of the National Consumer Assistance Plan (NCAP) …

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FTC Opens Investigation into Privacy Practices of Facebook after Alleged Data Breach Involving 50 Million Users

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 26, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the primary federal privacy and data security enforcement agency – confirmed it has opened an investigation into the privacy practices of Facebook, the world’s largest social media platform with 2.2 billion monthly active users, after a data …

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FTC Offers Tips on How Consumers Can Avoid Tax Identity Theft Scams

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the deadline to file taxes on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the nation’s consumer protection agency – is offering tips on how to avoid tax identity theft scams that steal personal data and money based on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) …

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