Enforcement of European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Begins May 25

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 25, 2018, enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will begin and the GDPR  will become the primary law regulating the protection of personal data of European Union (EU) citizens. U.S. companies need to comply with the GDPR when performing international background screening in the EU in …

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FTC Opens Investigation into Privacy Practices of Facebook after Alleged Data Breach Involving 50 Million Users

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 26, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the primary federal privacy and data security enforcement agency – confirmed it has opened an investigation into the privacy practices of Facebook, the world’s largest social media platform with 2.2 billion monthly active users, after a data …

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FTC Offers Tips on How Consumers Can Avoid Tax Identity Theft Scams

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the deadline to file taxes on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the nation’s consumer protection agency – is offering tips on how to avoid tax identity theft scams that steal personal data and money based on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) …

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Vermont Law Restricts Employer Access to Social Media Accounts of Employees and Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 1, 2018,  Vermont House Bill 462 (H. 462) took effect and added a new section to the Vermont Statutes Annotated (V.S.A.) relating to social media privacy for employees that restricts the access to and use of social media accounts of employees and applicants by employers.

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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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