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
With the new year fast approaching, employers in California – and employers doing business in California – need to be aware of two new laws taking effect on January 1, 2012 that will change the way they conduct employment screening background checks in the state: California Assembly Bill 22 (CA AB 22), which relates the use of credit report checks of job applicants and current employees for employment purposes, and California Senate Bill 909 (CA SB 909), which relates to the “offshoring” of the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of consumers who are the subjects of background checks. Continue reading
A new California law due to take effect January 1, 2012 – Senate Bill 909 (SB 909) – appears to be one of the first in the nation that addresses the growing concerns over the controversial practice of “offshoring” personally identifiable information (PII) collected during background checks of job applicants by sending the data outside of United States and its territories and beyond the protection of U.S. privacy and identity theft laws. This is Trend Number 9 of the fifth annual Employment Screening Resources (ESR) ‘Top 10 Trends in Background Checks’ for 2012. To view the list of trends, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-10-Trends-in-Background-Checks-for-2012.php. Continue reading
Corporate insider intellectual property (IP) thieves are usually males under 40 holding technical positions, have a new job ready at the time of the theft, and steal information they were authorized to access, according to the findings of a new report “Behavioral Risk Indicators of Malicious Insider Theft of Intellectual Property: Misreading the Writing on the Wall” from leading information security solutions provider Symantec. To download the free report – which helps employers recognize the early warning signs, as well as motivations and behaviors, of insider intellectual property thieves – click here. Continue reading
According to a news release on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website, social network service Facebook has agreed to settle FTC charges of failing to keep promises of privacy after the company “deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public.” The FTC’s eight-count complaint against Facebook – part of the agency’s ongoing effort to ensure companies live up to the privacy promises they make to American consumers – charged that the claims that Facebook made “were unfair and deceptive and thus violated federal law.” Continue reading
To better protect the Social Security numbers (SSNs) of deceased Americans from identity theft, the “Keeping IDs Safe Act” was recently introduced in the U.S. House by Representative Sam Johnson (R-Texas), according to a press release on Johnson’s website. Also known as the “KIDS Act,” the legislature would make it harder for identity thieves to steal SSNs of deceased children and others by limiting access to the Death Master File publicly released by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Continue reading
With the arrival of Thanksgiving, shoppers are constantly warned to avoid identity theft and fraud during “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving considered the official kick-off to the holiday shopping season. For “Cyber Monday,” the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend when shoppers return to work and start their holiday shopping online – and which became the biggest online shopping day in history and the first to surpass the billion-dollar threshold in November 2010 – nonprofit consumer information and advocacy organization Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC) offers the following 10 tips to protect online shoppers from identity theft and fraud. Continue reading
Alleging that the practice “offshoring” puts the financial information of customers at risk, a consumer class action lawsuit recently filed against the largest bank holding company in the United States (by assets) is challenging the financial industry’s standard business practice of offshore outsourcing – also known as “offshoring” – customer services to call centers located outside of the United States that are staffed with foreign nationals. Continue reading
The second of five installments of the Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Background Check Trends of 2011 Review features the number eight trend, offshoring Personally Identifiable Information (PII) outside the U.S., and the number seven ranked background check trend of the year, workplace violence prevention. To view previous installments of the ESR Background Check Trends of 2011 Review, visit Part 1.
- Number 8 ESR Background Check Trend for 2011: Increased Privacy Concerns Over Offshoring of Personally Identifiable Information (PII).
- Number 7 ESR Background Check Trend for 2011: More Workplace Violence Prevention Education Helps Protect Employers and Employees.
Adding to the debate over whether globalization negatively affects the U.S. economy, new data from the U.S. Commerce Department shows that multinational corporations in the United States – familiar big brand-name companies which employ nearly 20 percent of all American workers – reduced their domestic workforce by 2.9 million jobs during the last decade while at the same time increasing their overseas workforce by 2.4 million jobs, the Wall Street Journal reports in the article ‘Big U.S. Firms Shift Hiring Abroad.’ Continue reading