FTC Report Finds Less Consumer Complaints about Fraud in 2017 But More Money Lost than in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a primary federal privacy and data security enforcement agency – has released the 2017 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book that found the number of consumer complaints about fraud dropped in 2017 while the amount of money lost was more than in …

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FTC to Hold PrivacyCon 2018 Event on February 28

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the primary federal privacy and data security enforcement agency – will hold its third PrivacyCon on February 28, 2018, to focus on the economics of privacy including how to quantify the harms that result from the failure of companies to secure …

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FTC Hosts Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week from January 29 to February 2

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is hosting Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week from Monday, January 29, 2018, to Friday, February 2, 2018, with a series of free events to help consumers and businesses reduce their chances of becoming tax identity theft victims, according to a press release from the …

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New Data Protection Regulations for European Union will Elevate Privacy Rules for International Screening in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect as the primary law regulating how companies protect the personal data of citizens in the European Union (EU). The need for U.S. companies to comply with GDPR privacy rules when performing international background screening in the …

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Data Breach Protection and Information Security Will Be Critical Issues for Screening Firms in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 7, 2017, nationwide credit reporting agency Equifax announced that a massive data breach incident had impacted approximately 143 million Americans – almost half of the country –  a number that grew to include 145.5 million people in the U.S. The need for background screening firms to ensure …

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FTC and ED to Host Workshop to Explore Privacy Issues Related to Education Technology

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Education (ED) will co-host an workshop on “Student Privacy and Ed Tech”  on December 1, 2017, to examine how the FTC’s Rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) applies to schools and intersects with the Family Educational …

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First Annual Review of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Shows Data Protected but Also Makes Recommendations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 18, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published its report on the first annual review of the EU- U.S. Privacy Shield that protects personal data of people in the European Union (EU) transferred to companies in the United States (U.S.) for commercial purposes, according to a press …

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FTC to Host Informational Injury Workshop to Examine Injuries Suffered when Consumer Information Misused

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the nation’s primary federal privacy and data security enforcement agency – has announced that it will host a “Informational Injury Workshop” in order to examine questions about injuries consumers suffer when their information is misused on December 12, 2017, according to an …

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Forensic Investigation of Equifax Data Breach Reveals 2.5 Million More Americans May Be Impacted

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Credit reporting agency Equifax Inc. has announced that a forensic investigation of the massive data breach incident first disclosed on September 7, 2017, that impacted approximately 143 million Americans – almost half of the country –  revealed the impact may potentially reach 2.5 million more Americans.

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Three Companies Agree to Settle FTC Charges Over False Claims of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Participation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Three companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they misled consumers about their participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and European Commission to allow companies to transfer consumer data from the European Union (EU) to the …

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