California Public Utilities Commission Strengthens Background Checks of Drivers for Transportation Network Companies Such as Uber and Lyft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 9, 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) strengthened the background checks required for drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft by requiring TNCs to use companies accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) when conducting background checks on drivers, …

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Two Out of Three U.S. Adults Worry about Hackers Stealing Personal Information and Identity Theft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Two-thirds of adults in the United States worry about becoming victims of cybercrime with 67 percent worrying at least occasionally about computer hackers stealing their personal information and 66 percent worrying at least occasionally about identity theft, according to the Gallup Annual Crime Poll.

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Maryland Rejects Nearly 15 Percent of Drivers Who Passed Uber and Lyft Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has indicated that “nearly 15 percent of new ride-hail drivers” were removed from apps over the past six months for failing state mandated screening “despite having passed Uber and Lyft’s background checks,” according to a report by The Washington Post.

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

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.

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

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 …

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

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 …

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Uber Settles FTC Allegations Over Deceptive Privacy and Data Security Claims

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 …

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Statistics Show Data Breaches Increasing at Record Pace in United States

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 …

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Target Settles Credit Card Data Breach Case for $18.5 Million

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced a record $18.5 million multi-state settlement with Target, Inc. in response to allegations that more than 40 million customers had their payment card information compromised from a data breach during the 2013 holiday season after the retailer failed to provide reasonable …

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FTC Shares Tips on How to Avoid Ransomware Attacks Such as WannaCry

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published a blog entitled ‘Ransomware worries? Keep up to date’ that shares tips on how to avoid ransomware attacks such as WannaCry that affected the computer systems of organizations around the world in May 2017, and suggests people update their own operating …

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