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 …Continue reading "Data Breach Protection and Information Security Will Be Critical Issues for Screening Firms in 2018"
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 "Forensic Investigation of Equifax Data Breach Reveals 2.5 Million More Americans May Be Impacted"
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 …Continue reading "FREE Act Would Give Consumers Control Over Credit Information in Wake of Equifax Data Breach"
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 …Continue reading "Massive Equifax Data Breach Should Not Affect Credit Reports Ordered by Employers for Background Checks"
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 …Continue reading "Uber Settles FTC Allegations Over Deceptive Privacy and Data Security Claims"
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 …Continue reading "Statistics Show Data Breaches Increasing at Record Pace in United States"
Written By Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global background check firm, has announced that independent auditors conducting a SOC 2® Type 2 examination of ESR’s operations for the six month testing period of November 2016 through April 2017 have issued a SOC 2 Type 2 report that states ESR management maintained effective controls …Continue reading "Employment Screening Resources Successfully Completes SOC 2 Type 2 Data Security Audit for 2017"
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 …Continue reading "Target Settles Credit Card Data Breach Case for $18.5 Million"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the deadline for filing taxes nearing – Tuesday, April 18, 2017, because the usual Tax Day of April 15 falls on a weekend – the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is offering a Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft to help taxpayers combat “tax-related identity theft” that occurs …Continue reading "IRS Offers Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft for 2017"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With data breaches front page news in 2016, industries dealing with sensitive and confidential information – especially in the financial sector – know ensuring data security from third party service providers is mission critical. The fact that businesses including banks and financial institutions will seek stronger …Continue reading "Financial Institutions Will Seek Stronger Security Measures from Screening Providers including SOC 2 Reports and NAPBS Accreditation"