US EU Safe Harbor Data Transfer Pact Ruled Invalid

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a 15-year-old international agreement called Safe Harbor that allowed companies to transfer the digital data of individuals between the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) is immediately invalid, according to a press release from the ECJ.

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Experian Data Breach Exposes PII of T-Mobile Customers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 15, 2015, credit reporting agency Experian discovered a data breach where an unauthorized party accessed records containing personally identifiable information (PII) of T-Mobile users including names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers (SSNs), and additional information housed in an Experian server, according an …

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Maine Enacts New Social Media Privacy Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A newly enacted law in Maine – LD 686, HP 467, An Act To Promote Privacy in Social Media – will protect the social media privacy of employees and job applicants law by prohibiting employers from requiring employees or job applicants to disclose passwords or any other …

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FTC Report on Internet of Things Urges Best Practices

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a detailed report – ‘Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World’ – that recommends best practices that businesses can follow to enhance and protect the privacy and security of American consumers in a world of Internet-connected devices.

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Data Privacy Day Celebrated on January 28

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 …

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New Hampshire Protects Social Media and Email Privacy

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 …

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Rhode Island Enacts Student and Employee Social Media Privacy Acts

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 …

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Employment Screening Resources Completes SOC 2 Data Security Audit

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. …

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OOIDA Members Lawsuit Challenges FMCSA Pre-Employment Screening Program

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 …

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Should Job Applicants Using Social Media Expect Privacy?

Written By Thomas Ahearn Expectations 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 …

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