Tag Archives: Privacy

Illinois Bill Would Bar Employers from Asking Job Applicants for Social Media Passwords during Background Checks

A bill – Illinois H.B. 3782 – originally introduced last spring and recently taken up by the Illinois legislature’s Labor Committee would amend the state’s ‘Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act’ to bar employers from asking prospective employees for their usernames or passwords to their social media profiles on sites like Facebook or Twitter. Introduced by State Representative La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago), H.B. 3782 would make it illegal for employers to gain total access to social media sites of job applicant’s during the hiring process. The full text of Illinois H.B. 3782 is available here. Continue reading

Massachusetts Data Privacy Protection Law Third Party Provision Takes Effect March 1

The Massachusetts Offices of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations (OCABR) passed strict data privacy and security regulations ‘201 CMR 17.00: STANDARDS FOR THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION OF RESIDENTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH’ that went into effect March 1, 2010 to protect the personal information of Massachusetts residents by requiring businesses to have a multitude of safeguards including a comprehensive Written Information Security Policy (WISP). Effective March 1, 2012, any company, in any location, that holds the personal information of Massachusetts residents must amend its existing third party vendor contracts to require compliance with Massachusetts data security regulations. The law is available at:  http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/docs/idtheft/201cmr1700reg.pdf. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen to Be Interviewed on Privacy Piracy Radio Show

Attorney Lester Rosen, a background check expert and founder and CEO of nationwide accredited background screening firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will be interviewed by Mari Frank, the host of ‘Privacy Piracy’ and an attorney and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), on Monday, February 13, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Pacific Time on KUCI 88.9 FM Radio in Irvine, California with live audio streaming available on http://www.kuci.org/ (Update: To listen to recording of interview, visit http://www.kuci.org/podcasts/?ShowID=615). Continue reading

European Data Protection Regulation Overhaul Proposed by European Commission

To help individuals enjoy effective control over their personal information, an extensive January 2012 proposal by the European Commission for a new General Data Protection Regulation aims to strengthen and bring into harmony data protection law across Europe. A Communication from the Commission, ‘Safeguarding Privacy in a Connected World – A European Data Protection Framework for the 21st Century,’ is at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2012:0009:FIN:EN:PDF. Continue reading

Offshoring Personally Identifiable Information Outside of US Increases Concern Over Privacy and Identity Theft

A new California law due to take effect January 1, 2012 – Senate Bill 909 (SB 909) – appears to be one of the first in the nation that addresses the growing concerns over the controversial practice of “offshoring” personally identifiable information (PII) collected during background checks of job applicants by sending the data outside of United States and its territories and beyond the protection of U.S. privacy and identity theft laws. This is Trend Number 9 of the fifth annual Employment Screening Resources (ESR) ‘Top 10 Trends in Background Checks’ for 2012. To view the list of trends, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-10-Trends-in-Background-Checks-for-2012.php. Continue reading

Social Network Service Facebook Settles Federal Trade Commission Charges over Privacy Practices

According to a news release on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website, social network service Facebook has agreed to settle FTC charges of failing to keep promises of privacy after the company “deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public.” The FTC’s eight-count complaint against Facebook – part of the agency’s ongoing effort to ensure companies live up to the privacy promises they make to American consumers – charged that the claims that Facebook made “were unfair and deceptive and thus violated federal law.” Continue reading

Keeping IDs Safe Act Introduced to Prevent Identity Theft of Social Security Numbers of Deceased Americans

To better protect the Social Security numbers (SSNs) of deceased Americans from identity theft, the “Keeping IDs Safe Act” was recently introduced in the U.S. House by Representative Sam Johnson (R-Texas), according to a press release on Johnson’s website. Also known as the “KIDS Act,” the legislature would make it harder for identity thieves to steal SSNs of deceased children and others by limiting access to the Death Master File publicly released by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Lester Rosen Warns Employers and Recruiters about Using Internet to Background Check Job Applicants

Attorney at Law and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present an audio conference titled ‘Web 2.0 Caution! The Legal Line You Walk When Using Social Media and Search Engines to Recruit and Screen Applicants’ on October 26, 2011 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time. For more information or to sign up, visit the Workplace Training Center website at: http://www.workplacetrainingcenter.com/Prod-2757.aspx. Continue reading

Two US Senators Voice Privacy Concerns Over Background Check Firm Storing Web Footprints of Consumers for Employment Screening

Concerned that social media background checks may invade the privacy of consumers and raise legal issues, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) and Al Franken (D-Minnesota) have sent a letter requesting information to an employment screening firm, Social Intelligence Corp., that locates, reviews, and stores data from the “Web and social media footprints” of consumers for up to seven years to give employers information about job applicants, according to a press release ‘Blumenthal, Franken Call on Social Intelligence Corp to Clarify Privacy Practices’ on Senator Blumenthal’s website.

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Background Screening Expert Les Rosen Discusses Social Media Background Checks at ASIS International 2011 on September 20

Attorney and background screening expert Les Rosen, founder and President of accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will discuss social media background checks in a session titled ‘Caution Advised! The Use of Social Networking Sites, Search Engines and Web 2.0 to Screen Applicants’ at the 2011 ASIS International 57th Annual Seminar and Exhibits. The session will take place on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 1:45 PM to 3:00 PM (EST) in Room W304E in Room W304E at the Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, in Orlando, Florida. To register for the 2011 ASIS International event, visit http://www.asis2011.org/. Continue reading