A letter published on the Cleveland.com website criticizes a U.S.-based background screening firm for laying off local workers in the Ohio area in March of 2012 and “offshoring” both jobs and the personal data of American consumers collected for background checks outside of the country. The full text of the letter, written by Katharine Sarlog, …Continue reading "Background Screening Firm Criticized for Offshoring Jobs and Personal Data of Americans to Foreign Country"
According to a report from the Associated Press (AP), a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) that performs employment screening for businesses will close two offices in South Dakota by the end of the year and move those jobs to new sites in Arizona, India, and the Philippines. The AP reports that the company, one …Continue reading "Larger Background Screening Companies Continue the Move to Offshore Processing of Background Check Reports"
The California Senate Committee on Education has approved legislation – ‘The Social Media Privacy Act’ Senate Bill 1349 (SB 1349) – that would prohibit employers from formally requesting or demanding employees or job applicants provide their usernames and passwords to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Authored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San …Continue reading "California Social Media Privacy Act Prohibiting Employers from Asking Employees and Applicants for Passwords Approved in Senate"
In recent weeks, inaccurate criminal background checks from data brokers containing errors that cost job seekers employment have come under fire on several fronts, including a final privacy protection report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommending regulations on data brokers, a letter sent to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) asking for a strengthening …Continue reading "Inaccurate Criminal Background Checks from Data Brokers that Cost Job Seekers Employment Coming Under Fire"
The state of Maryland has passed the first law in the nation to prohibit employers from asking employees and job applicants for social media passwords. Both Houses of the Maryland General Assembly have approved identical versions of a social media privacy protection bill – Senate Bill 433 (SB 433)/House Bill 964 (HB 964) – that …Continue reading "Maryland Passes First Law Prohibiting Employers from Asking Employees and Job Applicants for Social Media Passwords"
After the recent closure of a public access computer that had allowed searches of criminal and traffic records led to criticism that public information was now less accessible, the San Luis Obispo (CA) Superior Court officials cited “privacy concerns over outdated criminal and victim information” that was “exposed to background checking contractors” as a reason …Continue reading "San Luis Obispo Court Responds to Criticism over Limiting Public Access to Criminal Records by Citing Privacy Concerns"
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a final report – ‘Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: Recommendations For Businesses and Policymakers’ – outlining best practices for businesses to protect the privacy of American consumers and give them greater control over the collection and use of their personal data, according to an …Continue reading "FTC Report on Protecting Consumer Privacy Recommends Businesses Adopt Best Privacy Practices"
Responding to an increase in reports of employers seeking to gain “inappropriate access” to social network profiles of job applicants, online social media giant Facebook issued a warning to employers in a recent blog posted on the company website – ‘Protecting Your Passwords and Your Privacy’ – that the practice of asking job applicants for their social …Continue reading "Facebook Warns Employers Asking Job Applicants for Social Media Passwords May Expose Businesses to Legal Liability"
To alert U.S.-based employers and job seekers about the potential dangers caused by background check firms “offshoring” Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to countries such as India and the Philippines, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is offering a whitepaper on the subject written by ESR founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. Entitled ‘The Dangers of Offshoring Personally …Continue reading "Dangers of Background Check Firms Offshoring Personal Data of Americans Outside of US Revealed in Whitepaper"