Data Privacy Day Celebrated on January 28

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 …

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Data Breach Hits DHS Background Check Contractor

  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.

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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First Advantage Acquires Background Screening Industry Competitor Verifications Inc

Background screening provider First Advantage (FADV), a Symphony Technology Group (STG) company, has acquired screening industry competitor Verifications, Inc., according to a press release on the Yahoo! Finance website available at http://finance.yahoo.com/news/first-advantage-acquires-verifications-inc-180000268.html.

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Medical Identity Theft in United States Increased Nearly 20 Percent in Past Year According to Survey

Medical identity theft increased nearly 20 percent compared to the year before in the United States and affected an estimated 1.84 victims with the total out-of-pocket medical costs for medical identity theft victims reaching $12.3 billion, according to the 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by the Medical …

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Background Checks and Fingerprinting Considered for California State Health Insurance Exchange Workers

California state officials looking to hire 20,000 workers to help individuals enroll in the state health insurance exchange are considering whether these new employees – known as “assisters” – should undergo background checks and fingerprinting, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times available at http://articles.latimes.com/2013/mar/15/business/la-fi-insure-criminal-checks-20130315.

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New Privacy Laws for Collection and Use of Personal Data of Consumers Focus on Background Checks

In an effort to create stronger privacy protections for consumers, several states passed laws in 2012 regarding the collection and use of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of applicants and employees by employers during background checks, or had important privacy regulations passed in previous years take effect. In addition, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is requiring …

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Offshoring Personal Data of Americans to Foreign Countries for Background Checks Opposed by Many US Screening Firms

When applicants in the United States apply for jobs, they usually undergo a background check using a disclosure and consent form required by law where they provide Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”) such as name, date of birth, and Social Security number (“SSN”).  What many job applicants and employers do not know is that certain U.S. …

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