Tag Archives: Security

First Annual Review of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Shows Data Protected but Also Makes Recommendations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 18, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published its report on the first annual review of the EU- U.S. Privacy Shield that protects personal data of people in the European Union (EU) transferred to companies in the United States (U.S.) for commercial purposes, according to a press release. Continue reading

FTC to Host Informational Injury Workshop to Examine Injuries Suffered when Consumer Information Misused

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the nation’s primary federal privacy and data security enforcement agency – has announced that it will host a “Informational Injury Workshop” in order to examine questions about injuries consumers suffer when their information is misused on December 12, 2017, according to an FTC press release. Continue reading

Forensic Investigation of Equifax Data Breach Reveals 2.5 Million More Americans May Be Impacted

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Credit reporting agency Equifax Inc. has announced that a forensic investigation of the massive data breach incident first disclosed on September 7, 2017, that impacted approximately 143 million Americans – almost half of the country –  revealed the impact may potentially reach 2.5 million more Americans. Continue reading

Three Companies Agree to Settle FTC Charges Over False Claims of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Participation

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Three companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they misled consumers about their participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and European Commission to allow companies to transfer consumer data from the European Union (EU) to the United States (U.S.) in compliance with EU law, according to a FTC press release. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Completes Annual EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Re-Certification

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Written By Employment Screening Resources© (ESR)

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area – has received notification from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) that ESR’s annual submission for its self-certification of adherence to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework has been finalized and is effective as of September 22, 2017. Continue reading

FREE Act Would Give Consumers Control Over Credit Information in Wake of Equifax Data Breach

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On September 15, 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced the Freedom from Equifax Exploitation (FREE) Act to give consumers control over their credit information in the wake of the massive Equifax data breach that compromised the personal data of as many as 143 million Americans, according a press release on Senator Warren’s website. Continue reading

Massive Equifax Data Breach Should Not Affect Credit Reports Ordered by Employers for Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employers concerned about credit reports used for background checks being affected by the massive Equifax data breach that compromised the personal information of roughly 143 million Americans — almost half the country – “can breathe somewhat easier knowing their employees won’t be affected,” according to the Bloomberg BNA article ‘Should Equifax Data Breach Worry Employers?’ Continue reading

Uber Settles FTC Allegations Over Deceptive Privacy and Data Security Claims

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that Uber Technologies, Inc. agreed to settle FTC charges over deceptive privacy and data security claims that the ride-sharing company “deceived consumers by failing to monitor employee access to consumer personal information and by failing to reasonably secure sensitive consumer data stored in the cloud.” Continue reading

TSA Announces New Screening Procedures for Electronic Devices at U.S. Airports

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced plans to start new domestic screening procedures in the next few weeks for carry-on luggage at airports nationwide where “passengers traveling through every U.S. airport will be required to put all electronic devices larger than a cellphone in a separate bin during security screening,” according to a national press release from the TSA. Continue reading

Statistics Show Data Breaches Increasing at Record Pace in United States

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Statistics released by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout reveal the number of data breaches in the U.S. tracked through June 30, 2017 hit a half-year record high of 791, according to an ITRC press release. At this pace, ITRC anticipates the number of data breaches could reach 1,500 in 2017, a 37 percent increase over 2016, when data breaches reached an all-time record high of 1,093. Continue reading