Tag Archives: Privacy

Data Privacy Day Celebrated on January 28

Data Privacy Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, marks the eighth annual Data Privacy Day “celebration” in the United States. Data Privacy Day encourages consumers to protect their personal information and businesses to be more transparent about how they collect and use data. For information about Data Privacy Day, visit the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) website at http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/. Continue reading

New Hampshire Protects Social Media and Email Privacy

Social Media Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A law that took effect in New Hampshire on September 30, 2014 – House Bill 1407 (HB 1407) – prohibits employers in the state from requiring employees or job applicants to disclose social media or electronic mail passwords. The final version of HB 1407 is available at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1407.html. Continue reading

Rhode Island Enacts Student and Employee Social Media Privacy Acts

Social Media Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee has signed the 2014 Student and Employee Social Media Privacy Acts – 2014-S 2095Aaa and 2014-H 7124Aaa – to prevent potential employers or school admissions officers from asking applicants to provide login information or to sign into their social media accounts so an interviewer can view their online activities. A press release about the Rhode Island Social Media Privacy Acts is available on the State of Rhode Island General Assembly website: “Rhode Island enacts social media privacy laws” Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Completes SOC 2 Data Security Audit

AICPA SOC 2

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Independent auditors conducting a comprehensive Service Organization Control (SOC) 2(SM) examination of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading nationwide accredited background check firm –  have issued a SOC 2(SM) report stating ESR maintained effective controls over the security, confidentiality, and privacy of employee screening system data. This SOC 2 report ensures ESR meets the current high standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to protect customer and third-party information. To learn more about SOC 2 reports, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/SOC-2/. Continue reading

OOIDA Members Lawsuit Challenges FMCSA Pre-Employment Screening Program

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Six members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) have filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in Boston, MA against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) under the Federal Privacy Act, according to a press release from OOIDA. The lawsuit charges that the FMCSA is “unlawfully disseminating reports of driver safety records to potential employers.” The class action complaint is available here. Continue reading

Should Job Applicants Using Social Media Expect Privacy?

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News Blogs about PrivacyExpectations of privacy rights on social media websites is buttressed by the fact that users must agree to “terms of use” that typically do not allow commercial uses which can include screening job candidates, according to the article Does an Applicant on the Internet Have a “Reasonable Expectation” of Privacy? Part II by Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). The complete article is available on the RecruitingTrends.com at http://www.recruitingtrends.com/thought-leadership/575-idoes-an-applicant-on-the-internet-have-a-reasonable-expectation-of-privacy-part-ii. Continue reading

Privacy Big Issue when Recruiting Applicants on Internet

Written By Thomas Ahearn

RecruitingPrivacy is a significant issue when using the Internet for recruiting job applicants as more employers rely on social media as a key source from which to acquire talent, according to the article ‘Is Using the Internet to Recruit a Violation of an Applicant’s Privacy? Part I’ on the Recruiting Trends web site by Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). The complete article is available at http://www.recruitingtrends.com/thought-leadership/570-is-using-the-internet-to-recruit-a-violation-of-an-applicant-s-privacy-part-i. Continue reading

Tennessee Passes Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Blogs about PrivacyTennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed a password protection law – the “Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014” (S.B. 1808) – which will prevent employers in the state with one or more employees from requiring employees and job applicants to disclose usernames and passwords for their personal internet accounts except under certain circumstances. The full text of this new law, which takes effect January 1, 2015, is available at http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/SB1808.pdf. Continue reading

FTC Issues Report Examining Data Brokers

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Data BrokersThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a report – “Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability” – that claims data brokers operate with a fundamental lack of transparency and recommends Congress consider enacting legislation to make data broker practices more visible to consumers and to give consumers greater control over their personal information collected and shared by data brokers. The FTC report, the result of a study of nine data brokers representing a cross-section of the industry, is available at http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/data-brokers-call-transparency-accountability-report-federal-trade-commission-may-2014/140527databrokerreport.pdf. Continue reading

Louisiana Passes Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Blogs about PrivacyLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed House Bill 340 (HB 340), the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act into law to prohibit employers in the state from requesting or requiring access to the personal online accounts of job applicants or employees effective immediately. The full text of HB 340, the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act is available at http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=908152&n=HB340 Act. Continue reading