2019Data Security

FTC Releases Privacy and Data Security Update for 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On March 15, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the nation’s primary privacy and data security enforcer – released its Privacy and Data Security Update for 2018, an annual report that highlights the FTC’s privacy and data security work over the past year, according to a press release from the FTC.

FTC Privacy and Data Security Update

The FTC’s privacy and security enforcement actions in 2018 included approving an expanded settlement with Uber Technologies, Inc. to resolve data security and privacy allegations, and obtaining a $3 million civil penalty against a tenant screening firm for allegedly violating the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

As part of its public Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century initiative, the FTC hosted hearings on big data, privacy, and competition; competition and consumer protection issues associated with the use of algorithms, artificial intelligence, and predictive analytics; and data security in 2018.

The FTC also is committed to enforcing the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework used when transferring personal data from the European Union (EU) to the United States (U.S.). In 2018, five U.S. companies settled FTC charges that they misled consumers about their participation in the Privacy Shield Framework.

Although the decision to join the Privacy Shield Framework is voluntary, the public commitment by an organization to comply with Privacy Shield Principles through self-certification is enforceable under United States law by either the FTC or the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework – which officially launched on August 1, 2016 – replaced an international agreement called “Safe Harbor” that was invalidated by a European Court of Justice ruling on October 6, 2015. The official Privacy Shield Framework website is at www.privacyshield.gov.

Background check firms in the U.S. are increasingly needing to show their privacy and data security capabilities on both domestic and international fronts and this trend was chosen by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) as first on the list of “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2019.

ESR Adheres to FTC Regulated Privacy Shield Framework

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – adheres to FTC regulations for privacy and data security and was one of the first adopters of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework which the FTC helps to enforce. For more information about ESR, visit www.esrcheck.com.

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