FTC Releases Privacy and Data Security Update for 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 15, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the nation’s primary privacy and data security enforcer – released its Privacy and Data Security Update for 2018, an annual report that highlights the FTC’s privacy and data security work over the past year, according to a …

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Google Fined Nearly $57 Million for Alleged Violations of EU GDPR

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 21, 2019, France’s National Data Protection Commission (Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés or CNIL) imposed a financial penalty of €50 million euros – nearly $57 million U.S. dollars – against Google LLC for an alleged lack of transparency, inadequate information, and lack of valid consent regarding …

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FTC Closed with Limited Services Due to Partial U.S. Government Shutdown

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the federal agency protecting American consumers – closed on December 28, 2018, due to a lapse in funding caused by the partial shutdown of the United States federal government that began on December 22, 2018, according to a notice on the …

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Data Breach Concerns Lead to Increased Focus on Information Security with Screening Firms in 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Background check firms in the United States (U.S.) will have to show their data breach protection and information security capabilities as well as compliance with privacy laws on domestic and international fronts in 2019. This trend has been chosen by global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® …

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FTC Reaches Settlements with Four Companies Over False Claims of Participation in EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 27, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that four companies agreed to settle allegations that they falsely claimed certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and that two of these companies failed to abide by a key framework provision, according to an FTC press …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Completes Annual Privacy Shield Re-Certification for 2018

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – has received notification from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) that ESR’s annual submission for its self-certification of adherence to the Privacy Shield Framework has been finalized and is effective as of September 26, 2018.

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Uber Agrees to Pay $148 Million Settlement to Resolve Allegations from 2016 Data Breach Cover Up

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 26, 2018, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced that Uber Technologies, Inc. agreed to a $148 million nationwide settlement to resolve allegations that the transportation network company (TNC) violated state data breach reporting and reasonable data security laws …

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MEPs Say EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Could Face Suspension if U.S. Does Not Fully Comply by September 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 5, 2018, Members of European Parliament (MEPs), elected politicians of the European Union (EU), voted to adopt a resolution on the adequacy of the protection afforded by the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield that called for the suspension of the framework for transatlantic exchanges of personal data between …

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FTC Testifies Before Senate Committee that Enforcement of FCRA Remains a Top Priority

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 12, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a U.S. government agency promoting consumer protection – testified before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee that “vigorous” enforcement of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) remains a top priority and outlined efforts to educate …

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FTC Announces Company Settling Charges of Falsely Claiming Participation in EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 2, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a company agreed to settle charges of falsely claiming to comply with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework which allows the transfer of consumer data from European Union (EU) countries to the United States (U.S.), according to …

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