Tag Archives: Privacy

EU-US Privacy Shield Framework Text Now Available on Department of Commerce Website

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The full text of the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework issued by the European Commission to govern data transfers between the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.) while providing a set of robust and enforceable protections for the personal data of EU individuals is now publicly available on the U.S. Department of Commerce website at https://www.commerce.gov/privacyshield. 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

EU and US Agree to Replace Safe Harbor Data Transfer Agreement with EU-US Privacy Shield

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The European Union (EU) Commission and the United States (US) have agreed on a new framework for data transfers called the EU-US Privacy Shield to replace the invalidated Safe Harbor pact, according to a European Commission press release (PDF). The deal creating a replacement for the 16-year-old Safe Harbor agreement comes two days after the original January 31, 2016 deadline for such an agreement had passed. Continue reading

Employers Face New Background Check Laws and Issues in January 2016

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Many employers in the United States will face several new laws and issues involving the background check process that will ring in the new year of 2016. Brief descriptions of some important background check laws and issues for 2016 that employers should be aware of in order to remain in compliance are listed below. For a list of important trends in the background check industry for 2016, please visit the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Top Ten Background Check Trends Page. Continue reading

Applicant Tracking Solutions Will Review Integrations with Screening Partners to Address Emerging Legal Risks in 2016

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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

Privacy Concerns Will Loom Large Between EU and US in Terms of International Background Checks in 2016

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

As a result of an October 6, 2015 ruling by the European Court of Justice invalidating the “Safe Harbor” pact that allowed the transfer of personal data between the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.), privacy concerns will loom large between the EU and U.S. in terms of international background checks in 2016. This is the number 10 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

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse Posts Article by Safe Hiring Expert Lester Rosen on Helping Ex-Offenders Find Work

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Job seekers with criminal records face many challenges when re-entering the workforce. To help these reformed ex-offenders find employment, the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC), a California nonprofit corporation helping individuals protect their privacy, has posted an article titled “Ten Critical Steps for Ex-Offenders to Get Back Into the Workforce” by safe hiring expert Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and CEO of San Francisco, CA-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR). Continue reading

European Commission Issues Guidance on Data Transfers to US after Safe Harbor Ruled Invalid

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The European Commission has issued guidance on transatlantic data transfers and is urging the establishment of a new data transfer agreement within three months after an October 6, 2015 ruling by the European Court of Justice invalidated the Safe Harbor pact allowing data transfers between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US), according to a European Commission press release. Continue reading

US and EU Need Safe Harbor Solution by End of January 2016 to Avoid Enforcement Action

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In the wake of the landmark October 6, 2015 ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) that invalidated the “Safe Harbor” data transfer pact between the United States (US) and European Union (EU), privacy watchdog group Article 29 Working Party has called on the US and EU to find a new solution by the end of January 2016 to avoid possible enforcement action, according to a statement from the Article 29 Working Party. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Announces Completion of 2015 SOC 2 Type 2 Data Security Audit

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Written By Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading nationwide accredited background screening firm, has announced that independent auditors conducted a Service Organization Control (SOC) 2® examination of its operations for the six month testing period of January 2015 through June 2015 and issued a SOC 2® Type 2 report stating that ESR management maintained effective controls over the security, confidentiality, and privacy of its employee screening system and related data. Continue reading