Tag Archives: PII

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

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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

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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

 ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016

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

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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

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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

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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

EU Commission Recommends 13 Improvements for US Safe Harbor Data Protection Program

The European Union (EU) Commission has reviewed the U.S. Safe Harbor data protection program on transfers of personal information to the United States and will either modify, suspend, or revoke its Safe Harbor decision by summer 2014 based on progress made on EU Commission’s 13 recommendations for improvements. The EU ‘Commission Communication to the European Parliament and the Council on the Functioning of the Safe Harbour from the Perspective of EU Citizens and Companies Established in the EU’ is available at http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/files/com_2013_847_en.pdf. Continue reading

Identity Theft and Offshoring Emerging as Important Factors for Employers to Consider when Screening

Employers in the United States are coming under increased pressure to protect the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of job applicants due to increased media focus on identity theft and the “offshoring” of information gathered for background checks overseas beyond U.S. privacy laws. In 2014 employers may need to closely examine their processes in the area of protecting PII when it comes to background checks.  This is Trend Number Six of the 7th Annual Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) ‘Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2014. For more information about the trends, please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading