Privacy

Equifax Breach

September 12, 2017 | posted in: Alerts, Data Breaches, Human Resources, Privacy | by

(Information in this article was provided by the National Consumer Reporting Association.) The recent Equifax data breach has exposed 143 million Americans to potential identity theft. This breach was caused by hackers gaining access to key items of data including names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, driver's license information and credit card numbers. […]

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Employers Use of Background Check Reports and Limitations on Use

Are you an employer that conducts pre-employment background checks for new hires, or maybe background checks for existing employees for promotion, reassignment or retention purposes? Ever randomly wonder if you can use that report and information in it for a purpose other than employment screening? The short answer is, no. The FTC recently posted on […]

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Spokeo v. Robins: Supreme Court Decision Announced

Spokeo v. Robins has been a closely-followed case among background screening companies because of the potential ramifications of the claims made in the lawsuit. Thomas Robins discovered that his Spokeo profile contained inaccurate information about him and filed suit alleging that Spokeo had willfully failed to comply with the FCRA. The Supreme Court announced its […]

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Washington State Begins Enforcing New Gun Background Check Law

December 15, 2014 | posted in: Gun Laws, Privacy | by

Washington has begun enforcing Initiative 594, a law which expands the use of background checks to cover virtually all gun sales, including private and online sales. This makes all gun buyers go through the same process regardless of where they buy a gun. The type of check being conducted—the FBI's National Instant search—is far from […]

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USIS Breach Raises Red Flags

September 2, 2014 | posted in: Data Breaches, Privacy | by

A recent breach at USIS that exposed at least 25,000 background checks of federal employees is under scrutiny for what critics are saying is a lack of proper security. USIS handles background checks for the Department of Homeland Security, and yet there are doubts as to whether they properly encrypted or secured their data. At […]

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Regulation on Event Data Recorders in Motor Vehicles

January 30, 2014 | posted in: MVR, Privacy | by

S. 1925, The "Driver Privacy Act", a bill introduced by Sen. Jon Hoeven (R-ND), establishes guidelines for accessing and using the information found on event data records in passenger motor vehicles.

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The FTC Protecting the Transparency of Data

January 21, 2014 | posted in: FTC, Privacy | by

As data brokers, we are often complying to FTC regulation. The FTC has turned its attention to the transparency of reports developed by data brokers. One month ago, Jessie Rich, Director of the FTC, presented "What Information Do Data Brokers Have On Consumers, and How Do They Use It?" before the Committee on Commerce, Science […]

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