Lawsuit Claims Lyft Received Nearly 100 Sexual Assault Complaints Over Two Year Period in California

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A mass tort lawsuit filed “on behalf of 14 rape and sexual assault victims” against Lyft, Inc. claims the transportation network company (TNC) received nearly 100 sexual assault complaints over a two-year period in California, according to an announcement made by the law firm of Estey & …

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FTC Imposes Historic $5 Billion Penalty and Sweeping Privacy Restrictions on Facebook

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 24, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the nation’s primary privacy and data security enforcer – imposed a historic $5 billion penalty and sweeping privacy restrictions on Facebook, Inc. to hold the company accountable for decisions made about the privacy of users, according to …

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FTC Reaches Settlement with Background Screening Firm Over False Claim of Privacy Shield Participation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In June 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a government agency that protects consumers and promotes competition – reached a settlement with a background screening company over an alleged false claim of being a participant in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield program and also sent warning letters …

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Vermont Attorney General Issues Guidance on Data Broker Regulation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 1, 2019, the Vermont Data Broker Regulation (Act 171) took effect and requires, among other things, that data brokers register with the Vermont Secretary State and protect the personally identifiable information (PII) of Vermont residents.

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E-Verify System Act of 2018 Would Require Mandatory Use of E-Verify by All Employers in United States

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 23, 2018, Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced legislation – S.3386,  The E-Verify System Act of 2018 – that would require all employers to use E-Verify to ensure employees are authorized to work in the U.S. legally, according to a press release on Senator McCaskill’s …

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Undocumented Immigrant Accused of Murder Passed Government Background Check that did not Use E-Verify

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An “undocumented immigrant” accused of murdering a 20-year-old college student in Iowa gave his employer false information to pass a government background check that did not use the federal E-Verify employment eligibility verification system in order to get a job, according to a report from the Des …

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Bill Strengthening Background Checks for Ride-Sharing Drivers in Illinois Becomes Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A bill that strengthens background checks on ride-share drivers by requiring all individuals applying to be a driver for a ride-sharing service operating in Illinois to provide their full legal name, social security number (SSN), and date of birth for the background check process became law on …

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Suspected Rideshare Rapist Who Drove for Lyft as Undocumented Immigrant Shows Need for Thorough Background Check Process

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A suspected “Rideshare Rapist” arrested for allegedly raping four women while posing as a rideshare driver after he fraudulently represented himself to pass a background check to drive for ridesharing company Lyft even though he was an undocumented immigrant shows the need for a thorough background check …

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Uber Begins Performing Continuous Background Checks on Drivers in U.S.

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Transportation network company (TNC) Uber is performing continuous background checks on some of its drivers in the United States in an effort to improve safety for its riders after a CNN investigation found more than 100 Uber drivers were accused of sexual assault in the past four …

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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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