Tag Archives: Data Breach

Massive Yahoo Data Breach Could Affect 500 Million Users

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Technology company Yahoo has confirmed user account information that may have included names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, passwords, and security questions was stolen from 500 million Yahoo user accounts by “a state-sponsored actor” in a massive data breach in late 2014. Continue reading

Data Breach Caused by Alleged Phishing Scam Leads to Class Action Lawsuit against Supermarket

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A proposed nationwide class action lawsuit claims that Phoenix, Arizona-based supermarket chain Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. allegedly fell victim to a data breach caused an email “phishing” scam that led the company’s payroll department to voluntarily release the W-2 Wage and Tax Forms of up to 21,000 employees in March 2016, according to a report on the Top Class Actions website. Continue reading

Sony Data Breach Lawsuit Settlement Gets Final Approval

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A federal judge in Los Angeles has given final approval to a multimillion-dollar settlement that finally ends a class action lawsuit against Sony Pictures stemming from a massive data breach suffered by the studio in November 2014 that exposed the personal data of thousands of employees online, Deadline Hollywood reports. Continue reading

EU-US Privacy Shield Framework Text Now Available on Department of Commerce Website

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The full text of the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework issued by the European Commission to govern data transfers between the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.) while providing a set of robust and enforceable protections for the personal data of EU individuals is now publicly available on the U.S. Department of Commerce website at https://www.commerce.gov/privacyshield. Continue reading

Home Depot to Pay $19.5 Million for Massive Data Breach

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Home Depot Inc. has agreed to pay $19.5 million – $13 million to settle class action lawsuits and $6.5 million for identity protection services – to compensate approximately 40 to 50 million consumers affected by a massive data breach in 2014, according to a report from Reuters. Continue reading

EU and US Agree to Replace Safe Harbor Data Transfer Agreement with EU-US Privacy Shield

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The European Union (EU) Commission and the United States (US) have agreed on a new framework for data transfers called the EU-US Privacy Shield to replace the invalidated Safe Harbor pact, according to a European Commission press release (PDF). The deal creating a replacement for the 16-year-old Safe Harbor agreement comes two days after the original January 31, 2016 deadline for such an agreement had passed. Continue reading

U.S. Government Establishes National Background Investigations Bureau to Modernize and Strengthen Federal Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States Federal Government has announced a series of changes including the establishment of the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) to modernize and strengthen the way Federal background checks are conducted and sensitive data protected for Federal employees and contractors. Continue reading

Applicant Tracking Solutions Will Review Integrations with Screening Partners to Address Emerging Legal Risks in 2016

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Applicant Tracking Solutions (ATS) operators will review ATS integrations with their background screening partners to address emerging legal risks involving areas such as data breaches and litigation over consent forms in previously accepted processes and revise those integrations accordingly in 2016. This is the number 8 trend selected by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen for the 9th annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016. Continue reading

European Commission Issues Guidance on Data Transfers to US after Safe Harbor Ruled Invalid

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The European Commission has issued guidance on transatlantic data transfers and is urging the establishment of a new data transfer agreement within three months after an October 6, 2015 ruling by the European Court of Justice invalidated the Safe Harbor pact allowing data transfers between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US), according to a European Commission press release. Continue reading

Experian Data Breach Exposes PII of T-Mobile Customers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On September 15, 2015, credit reporting agency Experian discovered a data breach where an unauthorized party accessed records containing personally identifiable information (PII) of T-Mobile users including names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers (SSNs), and additional information housed in an Experian server, according an FAQ page about the data breach on the Experian website. Continue reading