Investigation Finds Thousands of Drivers with Criminal Records Passed Uber and Lyft Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Criminal background checks performed by transportation network companies (TNCs) Uber and Lyft “have approved thousands of people who should have been disqualified because of criminal records,” according to an examination of state agencies and lawsuits by CNN (Cable News Network).

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Congress Members Send Letter to CEOs of Transportation Network Companies Asking about Safety Practices

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 21, 2018, nine members of Congress sent a letter to the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Uber, Lyft, Juno, Curb, and Via inquiring about the practices transportation network companies (TNCs) employ for ensuring passenger safety after a CNN investigation found 103 Uber drivers and 18 Lyft …

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CNN Investigation Finds More than 100 Uber Drivers Accused of Sexual Assault or Abuse in Past Four Years

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn At least 103 drivers working for transportation network company (TNC) Uber in the United States “have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the past four years” and as many as “31 drivers have been convicted for crimes ranging from forcible touching and false imprisonment …

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Uber Strengthens Background Checks on Drivers to Show Company is Serious about Safety

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 12, 2018, transportation network company (TNC) Uber announced it would increase due diligence to strengthen the background checks conducted on its drivers to ensure they “continue to meet our standards on an ongoing basis,” according to a blog posted on the Uber website.

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FTC Offers Tips on How Consumers Can Avoid Tax Identity Theft Scams

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the deadline to file taxes on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the nation’s consumer protection agency – is offering tips on how to avoid tax identity theft scams that steal personal data and money based on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) …

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FTC Report Finds Less Consumer Complaints about Fraud in 2017 But More Money Lost than in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a primary federal privacy and data security enforcement agency – has released the 2017 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book that found the number of consumer complaints about fraud dropped in 2017 while the amount of money lost was more than in …

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Identity Fraud Affected All Time High of 16.7 Million U.S. Victims in 2017

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The 2018 Identity Fraud Study released by research-based advisory firm Javelin Strategy & Research has revealed the number of identity fraud victims increased by eight percent to 16.7 million U.S. consumers in 2017, a record high since the company began tracking identity fraud in 2003.

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National Limousine Association Renews Call for Better Background Checks of Drivers for TNCs Such as Uber and Lyft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Limousine Association (NLA) is renewing its call for legislation mandating fingerprint-based background checks and universal drug screening for transportation network company (TNC) drivers following the responses of Uber and Lyft to a public service announcement (PSA) called “The Signs” that draws attention to sexual assaults that …

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Data Breach Protection and Information Security Will Be Critical Issues for Screening Firms in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 7, 2017, nationwide credit reporting agency Equifax announced that a massive data breach incident had impacted approximately 143 million Americans – almost half of the country –  a number that grew to include 145.5 million people in the U.S. The need for background screening firms to ensure …

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Transportation Network Companies Such as Uber and Lyft Will Face More Scrutiny Over Background Checks in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Several states in the U.S. have passed laws that seek to strengthen the background checks of drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft to ensure the safety and security of passengers who use these popular ride-hailing applications. The growing scrutiny over the strength of …

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