Tag Archives: information security

FREE Act Would Give Consumers Control Over Credit Information in Wake of Equifax Data Breach

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On September 15, 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced the Freedom from Equifax Exploitation (FREE) Act to give consumers control over their credit information in the wake of the massive Equifax data breach that compromised the personal data of as many as 143 million Americans, according a press release on Senator Warren’s website. Continue reading

Massive Equifax Data Breach Should Not Affect Credit Reports Ordered by Employers for Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employers concerned about credit reports used for background checks being affected by the massive Equifax data breach that compromised the personal information of roughly 143 million Americans — almost half the country – “can breathe somewhat easier knowing their employees won’t be affected,” according to the Bloomberg BNA article ‘Should Equifax Data Breach Worry Employers?’ Continue reading

Uber Settles FTC Allegations Over Deceptive Privacy and Data Security Claims

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that Uber Technologies, Inc. agreed to settle FTC charges over deceptive privacy and data security claims that the ride-sharing company “deceived consumers by failing to monitor employee access to consumer personal information and by failing to reasonably secure sensitive consumer data stored in the cloud.” Continue reading

Statistics Show Data Breaches Increasing at Record Pace in United States

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Statistics released by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout reveal the number of data breaches in the U.S. tracked through June 30, 2017 hit a half-year record high of 791, according to an ITRC press release. At this pace, ITRC anticipates the number of data breaches could reach 1,500 in 2017, a 37 percent increase over 2016, when data breaches reached an all-time record high of 1,093. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Successfully Completes SOC 2 Type 2 Data Security Audit for 2017

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Written By Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global background check firm, has announced that independent auditors conducting a SOC 2® Type 2 examination of ESR’s operations for the six month testing period of November 2016 through April 2017 have issued a SOC 2 Type 2 report that states ESR management maintained effective controls over the privacy, security, and confidentiality of its employee background screening system. Continue reading

Target Settles Credit Card Data Breach Case for $18.5 Million

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced a record $18.5 million multi-state settlement with Target, Inc. in response to allegations that more than 40 million customers had their payment card information compromised from a data breach during the 2013 holiday season after the retailer failed to provide reasonable data security, according to a press release on the Attorney General’s website. Continue reading

FTC Shares Tips on How to Avoid Ransomware Attacks Such as WannaCry

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published a blog entitled ‘Ransomware worries? Keep up to date’ that shares tips on how to avoid ransomware attacks such as WannaCry that affected the computer systems of organizations around the world in May 2017, and suggests people update their own operating systems and other software and keep them up to date. Continue reading

Security Experts Call WannaCry Ransomware Attack One of the Largest Global Cyberattacks Ever

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Security experts are calling “WannaCry” (also known as “WannaCrypt”) one of the biggest cyberattacks ever after the ransomware program took advantage of a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows to spread to 150 countries and infect at least 200,000 computers around the world by locking down all files and allowing hackers to demand a $300 ransom in bitcoins for their release, according to a report from CNN. Continue reading

Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Now Accepting Self-Certifications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On April 12, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce announced that the newly launched Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework is accepting self-certifications to provide companies a mechanism to comply with Swiss data protection requirements when transferring personal data from Switzerland to the United States in support of transatlantic commerce. For more information, visit www.privacyshield.gov. Continue reading

United States and Switzerland Finalize Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework for Data Transfer

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The International Trade Administration (ITA) has announced the final approval of the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Swiss Government to align with the European Union (EU)-U.S. Privacy Shield and replace the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework. Continue reading