Governor Brown Signs California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 into Law in Response to Recent Data Breaches

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 28, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a comprehensive internet privacy and data breach protection bill called the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (Assembly Bill 375), according to a press release on the website of Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa), one of the authors …

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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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Two Arizona Laws Addressing Data Breaches and Hiring Ex-Offenders Take Effect on July 21

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In April of 2018, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law two pieces of legislation that will affect most employers in the state when they both take effect on July 21, 2018. House Bill 2154 (HB 2154) will give employers updated guidance and notice procedures when dealing with …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Incorporates Fully Compliant GDPR Technology to Help U.S. Employers Screen EU Residents

Written By Employment Screening Resources (ESR) On May 25, 2018, enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) began as the primary law regulating how companies protect the personal data of citizens in the European Union (EU). As a result, leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) has incorporated fully compliant GDPR policies, procedures, and technologies …

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Facebook and Google Accused of Violating GDPR on First Day of Enforcement

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 25, 2018, the first day of enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – the primary law regulating how companies protect the personal data of citizens in the European Union (EU) – the European Center for Digital Rights or NOYB (“none of your business”) filed four complaints …

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U.S. Employers Performing International Background Checks in EU Face GDPR Enforcement Starting May 25

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 25, 2018, enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – which has been called “the most important data privacy regulation in 20 years” – will begin and the GDPR will be the primary law regulating how companies protect the personal data of citizens in the European Union …

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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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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Petition to Review Case that May Impact Data Breach Lawsuits

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 20, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States denied a petition for a writ of certiorari to review the case of CareFirst Inc. v. Attias and possibly provide some clarification of the Court’s May 2016 ruling in the related case of Spokeo Inc. v. Robins to …

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Identity Fraud Affected All Time High of 16.7 Million U.S. Victims in 2017

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The 2018 Identity Fraud Study released by research-based advisory firm Javelin Strategy & Research has revealed the number of identity fraud victims increased by eight percent to 16.7 million U.S. consumers in 2017, a record high since the company began tracking identity fraud in 2003.

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Data Breach Protection and Information Security Will Be Critical Issues for Screening Firms in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 7, 2017, nationwide credit reporting agency Equifax announced that a massive data breach incident had impacted approximately 143 million Americans – almost half of the country –  a number that grew to include 145.5 million people in the U.S. The need for background screening firms to ensure …

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