Report Finds 2019 on Track to Be Another “Worst Year on Record” for Data Breach Activity

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 15, 2019, Risk Based Security (RBS) released its 2019 MidYear QuickView Data Breach Report that showed 2019 was on track to be another “worst year on record” for data breach activity, with over 3,800 incidents reported in the first six months of the year. Compared …

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New York Passes SHIELD Act to Protect New Yorkers Against Data Breaches

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 25, 2019, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act or SHIELD Act (S.5575B/A.5635) into law to protect New Yorkers against data breaches by imposing stronger obligations on businesses handling private customer data to provide proper notification …

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CFPB and FTC Announce $700 Million Settlement with Equifax Over 2017 Data Breach

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 22, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico announced a settlement with Equifax that will provide up to $700 million in monetary relief and penalties for a data breach in …

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Massachusetts Data Breach Notification Law Amendments Take Effect April 11

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 11, 2019, amendments passed in 2018 by the Massachusetts legislature to the Data Breach Notification Law will take effect and impose additional requirements on companies covered by the law that suffer a data breach involving the personal information of Massachusetts residents.

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GAO Report Recommends Stronger Oversight of CRAs to Protect Consumers against Data Breaches

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 29, 2019, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee Elijah Cummings (D-MD) released the findings of a report entitled “Actions Needed to Strengthen Oversight of Consumer Reporting Agencies” that focused on federal regulation of consumer reporting agencies …

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Background Check Expert Tells SHRM that Screening Firms Need to Ensure Information Security

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employers and screening firms conducting background checks will feel “pressure” to ensure information security and will be “interested in how artificial intelligence (AI) technology will improve the screening experience in 2019,” according to an article from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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Data Breach Concerns Lead to Increased Focus on Information Security with Screening Firms in 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Background check firms in the United States (U.S.) will have to show their data breach protection and information security capabilities as well as compliance with privacy laws on domestic and international fronts in 2019. This trend has been chosen by global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® …

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Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Successfully Completes SOC 2® Type 2 Data Security Audit for 2018

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – has announced that independent auditors conducting an SSAE 18 SOC 2® Type 2 audit of ESR’s operations for the six month testing period of January 2018 through June 2018 have issued a SOC 2® Type 2 report that …

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Uber Agrees to Pay $148 Million Settlement to Resolve Allegations from 2016 Data Breach Cover Up

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 26, 2018, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced that Uber Technologies, Inc. agreed to a $148 million nationwide settlement to resolve allegations that the transportation network company (TNC) violated state data breach reporting and reasonable data security laws …

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Governor Brown Signs California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 into Law in Response to Recent Data Breaches

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 28, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a comprehensive internet privacy and data breach protection bill called the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (Assembly Bill 375), according to a press release on the website of Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa), one of the authors …

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