FTC Closed with Limited Services Due to Partial U.S. Government Shutdown

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the federal agency protecting American consumers – closed on December 28, 2018, due to a lapse in funding caused by the partial shutdown of the United States federal government that began on December 22, 2018, according to a notice on the …

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Vermont Attorney General Issues Guidance on Data Broker Regulation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 1, 2019, the Vermont Data Broker Regulation (Act 171) took effect and requires, among other things, that data brokers register with the Vermont Secretary State and protect the personally identifiable information (PII) of Vermont residents.

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FTC Hearing Examines Consumer Protection Issues with the Use of Algorithms, AI, and Predictive Analytics

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 13 to 14, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a U.S. government agency promoting consumer protection – held the seventh session of its Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century to examine competition and consumer protection issues associated with the use …

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Tenant Screening Company to Pay $3 Million to Settle FTC Charges of Failing to Meet FCRA Accuracy Requirements

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 16, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a tenant screening company in Texas agreed to pay $3 million to settle charges of failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the accuracy of information provided to landlords and property managers that caused renters to …

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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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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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FTC Announces Company Settling Charges of Falsely Claiming Participation in EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 2, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a company agreed to settle charges of falsely claiming to comply with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework which allows the transfer of consumer data from European Union (EU) countries to the United States (U.S.), according to …

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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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