Tag Archives: Privacy

Statistics Show Data Breaches Increasing at Record Pace in United States

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Statistics released by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout reveal the number of data breaches in the U.S. tracked through June 30, 2017 hit a half-year record high of 791, according to an ITRC press release. At this pace, ITRC anticipates the number of data breaches could reach 1,500 in 2017, a 37 percent increase over 2016, when data breaches reached an all-time record high of 1,093. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Successfully Completes SOC 2 Type 2 Data Security Audit for 2017

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Written By Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global background check firm, has announced that independent auditors conducting a SOC 2® Type 2 examination of ESR’s operations for the six month testing period of November 2016 through April 2017 have issued a SOC 2 Type 2 report that states ESR management maintained effective controls over the privacy, security, and confidentiality of its employee background screening system. Continue reading

Target Settles Credit Card Data Breach Case for $18.5 Million

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced a record $18.5 million multi-state settlement with Target, Inc. in response to allegations that more than 40 million customers had their payment card information compromised from a data breach during the 2013 holiday season after the retailer failed to provide reasonable data security, according to a press release on the Attorney General’s website. Continue reading

FTC Shares Tips on How to Avoid Ransomware Attacks Such as WannaCry

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published a blog entitled ‘Ransomware worries? Keep up to date’ that shares tips on how to avoid ransomware attacks such as WannaCry that affected the computer systems of organizations around the world in May 2017, and suggests people update their own operating systems and other software and keep them up to date. Continue reading

Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Now Accepting Self-Certifications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On April 12, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce announced that the newly launched Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework is accepting self-certifications to provide companies a mechanism to comply with Swiss data protection requirements when transferring personal data from Switzerland to the United States in support of transatlantic commerce. For more information, visit www.privacyshield.gov. Continue reading

United States and Switzerland Finalize Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework for Data Transfer

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The International Trade Administration (ITA) has announced the final approval of the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Swiss Government to align with the European Union (EU)-U.S. Privacy Shield and replace the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Successfully Completes 2016 SOC 2 Type 2 Data Security Audit

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Written By Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global background screening firm, has announced that independent auditors conducting a SOC (Service Organization Control) 2® Type 2 examination of ESR’s operations for the six month testing period of January 2016 through June 2016 have issued a SOC 2® Type 2 report that states ESR management maintained effective controls over the privacy, security, and confidentiality of its employee screening system. Continue reading

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield May Face Challenges from Data Protection Authorities

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework launched on August 1, 2016, to replace the invalidated Safe Harbor agreement for data transfers between the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.) may face challenges from Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) in 2017, according to an article on the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) website. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Receives EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Certification from Department of Commerce

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global provider of background checks and a strategic choice for businesses needing accurate and actionable information when hiring – has received notification from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) that ESR’s self-certification of adherence to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework is approved and effective as of August 12, 2016. Continue reading

New EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework for Data Protection Launches August 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and European Commission to provide companies on both sides of the Atlantic that transfer personal data from the European Union (EU) to the United States (U.S.) with a mechanism to comply with EU data protection requirements in support of transatlantic commerce will officially launch on August 1, 2016. The official EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework website is now available online at www.privacyshield.gov. Continue reading