Government Will Not Renew Contracts for Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will not renew any contracts set to expire on September 30, 2014 with a private contractor providing most of the government background checks for federal security clearances after the company suffered a security breach, The Washington Post reports.

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Data Breach Hits DHS Background Check Contractor

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Officials said a U.S. background check contractor for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suffered a data breach that most likely resulted in the theft of personally identifiable information (PII) of some DHS employees, according to a report from The Washington Post.

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Employment Screening Resources Completes SOC 2 Data Security Audit

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Independent auditors conducting a comprehensive Service Organization Control (SOC) 2(SM) examination of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading nationwide accredited background check firm –  have issued a SOC 2(SM) report stating ESR maintained effective controls over the security, confidentiality, and privacy of employee screening system data. …

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2013 Identity Fraud Report Shows Dollar Amount Stolen Increased to Three Year High of 21 Billion

The number of identity fraud incidents increased by one million more consumers over the past year and the dollar amount stolen increased to a three-year high of $21 billion, according to the ‘2013 IDENTITY FRAUD REPORT: Data Breaches Becoming a Treasure Trove for Fraudsters’ from Javelin Strategy & Research. The report also explored the relationship …

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Offshoring Personal Data of Americans to Foreign Countries for Background Checks Opposed by Many US Screening Firms

When applicants in the United States apply for jobs, they usually undergo a background check using a disclosure and consent form required by law where they provide Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”) such as name, date of birth, and Social Security number (“SSN”).  What many job applicants and employers do not know is that certain U.S. …

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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 …

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Small Business Data Protection Survey Finds 85 Percent of Small Businesses Believe Data Breach Unlikely

According to The Hartford Small Business Data Protection Survey, an overwhelming 85 percent of small business owners believe a data breach is unlikely and many do not implement security measures to help protect customer or employee data, this despite the fact that the number of data breaches involving smaller businesses is growing. For more information …

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Background Screening Firm Criticized for Offshoring Jobs and Personal Data of Americans to Foreign Country

A letter published on the Cleveland.com website criticizes a U.S.-based background screening firm for laying off local workers in the Ohio area in March of 2012 and “offshoring” both jobs and the personal data of American consumers collected for background checks outside of the country. The full text of the letter, written by Katharine Sarlog, …

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Larger Background Screening Companies Continue the Move to Offshore Processing of Background Check Reports

According to a report from the Associated Press (AP), a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) that performs employment screening for businesses will close two offices in South Dakota by the end of the year and move those jobs to new sites in Arizona, India, and the Philippines. The AP reports that the company, one …

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FTC Report on Protecting Consumer Privacy Recommends Businesses Adopt Best Privacy Practices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a final report – ‘Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: Recommendations For Businesses and Policymakers’ – outlining best practices for businesses to protect the privacy of American consumers and give them greater control over the collection and use of their personal data, according to an …

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