Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 24, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the nation’s primary privacy and data security enforcer – 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, according to …Continue reading "FTC Imposes Historic $5 Billion Penalty and Sweeping Privacy Restrictions on Facebook"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In June 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a government agency that protects consumers and promotes competition – reached a settlement with a background screening company over an alleged false claim of being a participant in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield program and also sent warning letters …Continue reading "FTC Reaches Settlement with Background Screening Firm Over False Claim of Privacy Shield Participation"
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 …Continue reading "FTC Releases Privacy and Data Security Update for 2018"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs is inviting feedback on information security issues that include the collection, use, and protection of sensitive information by financial regulators and private companies, according to a press release on the Committee’s website.Continue reading "U.S. Senate Banking Committee Invites Feedback on Information Security Issues in Financial Sector"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Class action lawsuits involving the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) will not be the only compliance concern for employers performing background checks in an increasingly complex legal environment in 2019. This trend has been chosen by global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) as second …Continue reading "FCRA Lawsuits Not Only Legal Compliance Concern for Employers Performing Background Checks in 2019"
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 …Continue reading "Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Successfully Completes SOC 2® Type 2 Data Security Audit for 2018"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 27, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that four companies agreed to settle allegations that they falsely claimed certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and that two of these companies failed to abide by a key framework provision, according to an FTC press …Continue reading "FTC Reaches Settlements with Four Companies Over False Claims of Participation in EU-U.S. Privacy Shield"
Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – has received notification from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) that ESR’s annual submission for its self-certification of adherence to the Privacy Shield Framework has been finalized and is effective as of September 26, 2018.Continue reading "Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Completes Annual Privacy Shield Re-Certification for 2018"
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 …Continue reading "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 July 5, 2018, Members of European Parliament (MEPs), elected politicians of the European Union (EU), voted to adopt a resolution on the adequacy of the protection afforded by the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield that called for the suspension of the framework for transatlantic exchanges of personal data between …Continue reading "MEPs Say EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Could Face Suspension if U.S. Does Not Fully Comply by September 1"