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Company to Pay $3.1 Million for Illegally Offshoring Personal Data and Risking Privacy of Millions of Americans


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A New York-based company awarded a contract by the state to digitize files holding fingerprint records and personal information collected from 22 million people has agreed to pay $3.1 million in penalties and fees for unlawfully outsourcing and “offshoring” the work overseas to India and risking the privacy of millions of people, according to a report from The New York Times. Continue reading

Privacy Concerns Will Loom Large Between EU and US in Terms of International Background Checks in 2016

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

As a result of an October 6, 2015 ruling by the European Court of Justice invalidating the “Safe Harbor” pact that allowed the transfer of personal data between the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.), privacy concerns will loom large between the EU and U.S. in terms of international background checks in 2016. This is the number 10 trend selected by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen for the 9th annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016. Continue reading

Experian Data Breach Exposes PII of T-Mobile Customers


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On September 15, 2015, credit reporting agency Experian discovered a data breach where an unauthorized party accessed records containing personally identifiable information (PII) of T-Mobile users including names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers (SSNs), and additional information housed in an Experian server, according an FAQ page about the data breach on the Experian website. Continue reading

FTC Claims Identity Theft Protection Service Misled Consumers


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is claiming that LifeLock, Inc. violated a 2010 settlement with the FTC by allegedly continuing to make deceptive claims about the company’s identity theft protection services and by failing to take steps required to protect the data of users, according to a press release on the FTC website. Continue reading

300 Credit Reports Sent to Woman by Mistake

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A woman in Maine who requested a free credit report for herself online inside returned home one night to find her mailbox full with more than 300 credit reports addressed to her but containing confidential information belonging to other people, according to a report from WGME CBS 13 in Portland, ME. Continue reading

Over One Billion PII Records Leaked in 2014


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The 2015 Q1 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Quarterly report has revealed at least one billion records of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) were leaked in 2014, nearly 20% higher than in 2013 when approximately 800 million records were breached. The report also found that the number of security incidents in the United States (74.5%) was far higher than in other countries. The report can be downloaded at http://securityintelligence.com/xforce-report-Q1-2015/. Continue reading

Data Privacy Day Celebrated on January 28

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, marks the eighth annual Data Privacy Day “celebration” in the United States. Data Privacy Day encourages consumers to protect their personal information and businesses to be more transparent about how they collect and use data. For information about Data Privacy Day, visit the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) website at http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/. Continue reading

Data Breach Hits DHS Background Check Contractor

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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. Continue reading

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. This SOC 2 report ensures ESR meets the current high standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to protect customer and third-party information. To learn more about SOC 2 reports, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/SOC-2/. Continue reading

International Data Privacy Day Celebrated on January 28

Data Privacy Day (DPD) is an international holiday celebrated annually on January 28 in the United States, Canada, and 27 European countries in an effort to empower and educate people on protecting their privacy, controlling their digital footprints, and making the protection of data a great priority in their lives. To learn more about DPD, visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/about. Continue reading