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Small Business Data Protection Survey Finds 85 Percent of Small Businesses Believe Data Breach Unlikely

According to The Hartford Small Business Data Protection Survey, an overwhelming 85 percent of small business owners believe a data breach is unlikely and many do not implement security measures to help protect customer or employee data, this despite the fact that the number of data breaches involving smaller businesses is growing. For more information about the survey from The Hartford, visit: http://newsroom.thehartford.com/News-Releases/Small-Business-Owners-Despite-Being-Increasingly-Targeted-Believe-Data-Breach-Unlikely-50c.aspx. Continue reading

Background Screening Firm Criticized for Offshoring Jobs and Personal Data of Americans to Foreign Country

A letter published on the Cleveland.com website criticizes a U.S.-based background screening firm for laying off local workers in the Ohio area in March of 2012 and “offshoring” both jobs and the personal data of American consumers collected for background checks outside of the country. The full text of the letter, written by Katharine Sarlog, a former employee of the company who was recently laid off, is available by clicking here: Katharine Sarlog letter. Continue reading

Larger Background Screening Companies Continue the Move to Offshore Processing of Background Check Reports

According to a report from the Associated Press (AP), a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) that performs employment screening for businesses will close two offices in South Dakota by the end of the year and move those jobs to new sites in Arizona, India, and the Philippines. The AP reports that the company, one of the largest background screening suppliers in the country, says the closings in Aberdeen, South Dakota and Mitchell, South Dakota are due to restructuring and will affect approximately 140 workers. The AP story is the latest case of a large U.S. background screening company “offshoring” the processing of background checks to foreign countries. Continue reading

Dangers of Background Check Firms Offshoring Personal Data of Americans Outside of US Revealed in Whitepaper

To alert U.S.-based employers and job seekers about the potential dangers caused by background check firms “offshoring” Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to countries such as India and the Philippines, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is offering a new whitepaper on the subject. The whitepaper written by ESR founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen is titled ‘The Dangers of Offshoring Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Outside of United States’ and details the hazards of sending PII to counties that are well beyond the reach of U.S. privacy and identity theft laws. The complimentary whitepaper is available at: http://www.esrcheck.com/Download/. Continue reading

New California Background Check Laws Explained in Webinar on March 20

To help Human Resources professionals understand new California background check laws, Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live interactive HR Hero webinar titled ‘Background Checks in California: Recently Passed Legislation, How to Legally Use Credit Inquires, and More’ on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific). To register for the program – which has been approved for 1.5 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), visit: http://store.hrhero.com/events/audio-conferences-webinars/ca-background-checking. Continue reading

Massachusetts Data Privacy Protection Law Third Party Provision Takes Effect March 1

The Massachusetts Offices of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations (OCABR) passed strict data privacy and security regulations ‘201 CMR 17.00: STANDARDS FOR THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION OF RESIDENTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH’ that went into effect March 1, 2010 to protect the personal information of Massachusetts residents by requiring businesses to have a multitude of safeguards including a comprehensive Written Information Security Policy (WISP). Effective March 1, 2012, any company, in any location, that holds the personal information of Massachusetts residents must amend its existing third party vendor contracts to require compliance with Massachusetts data security regulations. The law is available at:  http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/docs/idtheft/201cmr1700reg.pdf. Continue reading

New California Background Check Laws for 2012 Examined at LA HR Star Conference on February 29

To help Human Resources professionals comply with new background check laws in California, Jared Callahan, the Director of Business Development for background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and a licensed Private Investigator, will present the session “How to Comply with California’s Two New Laws Regarding Background Checks” at the Los Angeles HR Star Conference on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. To register for the LA HR Star conference, which takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., visit: http://www.hrstarconference.com/la/. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Present at Los Angeles HR Star Conference on February 29

To help Human Resources professionals stay in compliance with new laws regulating background checks in California, Attorney Lester Rosen, a safe hiring expert and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a session titled “How to Comply with California’s Two New Laws Regarding Background Checks” on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at the Los Angeles HR Star Conference. To register for the conference, which takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA, visit: http://www.hrstarconference.com/la/(UPDATE: Jared Callahan, Director of Business Development for ESR and licensed Private Investigator, will speak at the LA HR Star Conference in place of Lester Rosen on February 29). Continue reading

European Data Protection Regulation Overhaul Proposed by European Commission

To help individuals enjoy effective control over their personal information, an extensive January 2012 proposal by the European Commission for a new General Data Protection Regulation aims to strengthen and bring into harmony data protection law across Europe. A Communication from the Commission, ‘Safeguarding Privacy in a Connected World – A European Data Protection Framework for the 21st Century,’ is at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2012:0009:FIN:EN:PDF. Continue reading

Identity Theft Crackdown by IRS and Justice Department Targets 105 People in 23 States

As part of a stepped-up effort against tax refund fraud and identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Justice Department have announced that a massive nationwide sweep last week targeting 105 people in 23 states to crack down on suspected identity theft perpetrators resulted in 939 criminal charges related to identity theft, according to a news release on the IRS website available at: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=253147,00.html?portlet=108. Continue reading