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Three Major Credit Reporting Agencies to Implement Enhanced Public Record Data Standards on July 1


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Three major national credit reporting agencies in the United States – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – will implement enhanced public record data standards for consumer credit reports beginning on July 1, 2017, according to a statement from the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA). Continue reading

USCIS Issues Instructions for Employers to Download Historic Records Reports in E-Verify by March 31


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCSIS) is helping employers using E-Verify for more than 10 years by issuing “Instructions to Download Historic Records Reports in E-Verify” to retain case information by downloading the new Historic Records Reports containing E-Verify cases dated on or before December 31, 2006, that will be purged after March 31, 2017. Continue reading

Financial Institutions Will Seek Stronger Security Measures from Screening Providers including SOC 2 Reports and NAPBS Accreditation

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With data breaches front page news in 2016, industries dealing with sensitive and confidential information – especially in the financial sector – know ensuring data security from third party service providers is mission critical. The fact that businesses including banks and financial institutions will seek stronger security measures such as SSAE 18 Service Organization Control (SOC) 2® reports and accreditation from National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) from screening providers is Trend Number 3 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

DOJ Charges Dozens in Alleged Indian Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has unsealed an indictment charging 61 individuals and entities for their alleged involvement in an Indian call center scam that victimized tens of thousands of people in the United States resulting in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a DOJ press release. Continue reading

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

Applicant Tracking Solutions Will Review Integrations with Screening Partners to Address Emerging Legal Risks in 2016

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Applicant Tracking Solutions (ATS) operators will review ATS integrations with their background screening partners to address emerging legal risks involving areas such as data breaches and litigation over consent forms in previously accepted processes and revise those integrations accordingly in 2016. This is the number 8 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

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

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