Massive Yahoo Data Breach Could Affect 500 Million Users

  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. (UPDATE: Important …

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FTC Requests Public Comment on Disposal Rule for Consumer Report Information and Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking public comment on the Disposal Rule formally known as the ‘Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records Rule’ which implements part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACTA) by requiring consumer report information for business purposes …

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EU-U.S. Privacy Shield May Face Challenges from Data Protection Authorities

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework launched on August 1, 2016, to replace the invalidated Safe Harbor agreement for data transfers between the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.) may face challenges from Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) in 2017, according to an article on the International …

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Employment Screening Resources Receives EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Certification from Department of Commerce

   Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global provider of background checks and a strategic choice for businesses needing accurate and actionable information when hiring – has received notification from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) that ESR’s self-certification of adherence to the EU-U.S. …

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Report Finds Two Out of Three Companies Experienced Insider Theft or Corruption of Data in Prior Year

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A report entitled “The State of Cybersecurity and Digital Trust 2016” has revealed that more than two out of three companies surveyed – 69 percent – experienced an attempted or successful insider theft or corruption of data during the prior 12 months, and that concerns from …

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New EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework for Data Protection Launches August 1

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and European Commission to provide companies on both sides of the Atlantic that transfer personal data from the European Union (EU) to the United States (U.S.) with a mechanism to comply with EU data …

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EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Formally Adopted by European Commission

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The European Commission has formally adopted the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework to create stronger protection for transatlantic data flows between the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.), protect the fundamental rights of people in the EU with personal data being transferred to the …

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

  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 …

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Article 29 Working Party Has Strong Concerns with EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn European Union (EU) data protection watchdog group Article 29 Working Party has released a statement about the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield that “welcomes the significant improvements brought by the Privacy Shield compared to the Safe Harbor decision” but also expresses “strong concerns on both the commercial aspects …

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Sony Data Breach Lawsuit Settlement Gets Final Approval

  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 …

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