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Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global background check provider with capabilities in over 240 countries and territories – will not be impacted by the 21-day shut down of services in India due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). ESR is not impacted by the shut down in India because ESR’s operations are 100 percent based in the United States and it does not offshore any consumer data.
On March 24, 2020, Narendra Modi – the Prime Minister of India – announced that the entire country would be locked down for the next 21 days until April 14, 2020, due to the Coronavirus pandemic: “Considering the circumstances at present, this lockdown will last 21 days. The next 21 days are of critical importance for us. As per health experts, a period of at least 21 days is extremely critical to break infection chain of Coronavirus.”
ESR is offering a white paper titled “The Dangers of Offshoring Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Outside of United States” to alert U.S.-based employers and job seekers about the potential dangers caused by the offshoring of the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of consumers undergoing background checks by consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) to foreign countries such as India.
The whitepaper defines “offshoring” as the practice of some U.S. companies routinely sending the PII of American consumers to foreign countries with cheaper production and labor costs to increase profits. PII may include full name, birthday and birthplace, Social Security Number (SSN), vehicle registration plate number, driver’s license number, credit card number, and national identification number.
ESR is a founding member of Concerned CRAs, a group of 200 like-minded CRAs dedicated to consumer protection that believes sending PII offshore places both applicants and employers at risk and should be avoided when possible. When personal information is sent to other countries, applicants and employers should be made aware of this practice in advance. To learn more, visit www.concernedcras.com.
“Employers and consumers alike should be made aware of the many dangers of offshoring that include loss of privacy, identity theft, data breaches, quality of work issues, and lack of disclosure,” said Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of ESR, and author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual.’ The white paper outlines the negative side effects of offshoring for employers and consumers.
To combat offshoring, California passed Senate Bill 909 (SB 909) – which took effect on January 1, 2012 – that amended the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRA) that regulates background checks in California to require that background check firms doing business in the state disclose in their privacy policies whether a consumer’s PII will be sent outside the country.
Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global background check provider headquartered in Northern California with operations that are 100 percent based in the United States – is a founding member of Concerned CRAs who pledges to avoid the offshoring the personal information of Americans overseas to foreign countries during background checks. To learn more about ESR, visit www.esrcheck.com.
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