Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
On February 25, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the nation’s primary privacy and data security enforcer – released its annual “Privacy and Data Security Update for 2019” that highlighted a record year for enforcement actions over consumer privacy and data security, according to an FTC press release.
The FTC’s privacy and data security update for 2019 states that the FTC “has brought hundreds of privacy and data security cases to date” and “has also called on Congress to enact comprehensive privacy and data security legislation, enforceable by the FTC.” Highlights of FTC actions in 2019 include:
- July 2019: The FTC 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.
- July 2019: The FTC – along with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as well as 50 states and territories – announced a global settlement totaling as much as $700 million with Equifax related to a 2017 data breach that affected approximately 147 million consumers.
- December 2019: The FTC and CFPB held a free public workshop on “Accuracy in Consumer Reporting” that examined issues affecting the accuracy of background screening reports.
- All of 2019: The FTC continued its enforcement of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework by bringing 13 cases in 2019 against companies that allegedly made false promises related to the framework.
The FTC works to protect and educate consumers who may learn more about consumer topics and file a consumer complaint online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357). The FTC “Privacy and Data Security Update for 2019” is available at www.ftc.gov/reports/privacy-data-security-update-2019.
The FTC – along with the CFPB – enforces the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that regulates background checks for employment purposes in the United States. The FCRA also regulates the companies that provide background check reports known as consumer reporting agencies (CRAs).
Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) is a global CRA that complies with FTC and CFPB regulations and follows FCRA requirements to ensure accuracy in background checks. ESR was also named one of the top screening firms in 2019 by HRO Today Magazine. To learn more about ESR, visit www.esrcheck.com.
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