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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Home Depot to Pay $19.5 Million for Massive Data Breach

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.

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

  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.

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FTC Report on Big Data Outlines Benefits and Risks for Businesses and Consumers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A report released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues – provides recommendations to businesses on how to properly use “big data” analytics while also highlighting the benefits and risks of “big data” for consumers in …

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