Weekly Wrap Up: May 10, 2013

Nick Fishman

EmployeeScreenIQ’s Weekly Wrap Up features content we post throughout the week with the latest updates and trends within the background screening industry. We know you might not have time to keep up with our blog throughout the week, so take a few minutes to read the highlights from the EmployeeScreenIQ blog. Earlier this week we posted, Should Employers Ask Candidates for Their Facebook Passwords? in relation to the recent bill that was passed by Congress, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). You’ll also find a post on our second Quick Takes video release, Is Your Background Screening Company a Fraud or the Real Deal? discussing what you need to know when evaluating or re-evaluating your background screening company. Lastly, we covered the FTC’s warning to ten data broker companies, stating that they are at risk for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act, FTC Puts Background Screening Companies on Notice for Possible Privacy Violations.

Should Employers Ask Candidates for Their Facebook Passwords? Social Media Background Check

The U.S. Congress recently passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) which helps individuals protect their right to privacy and prohibits an employer from impersonating an employee online when other employees are interacting across social media platforms.  Removed from this bill at the last minute was a provision that would have banned employers from asking job candidates and employees for their social media passwords. Given the public sentiment on this issue, not to mention the media outcry, this omission is a big surprise to me. Read More

 

Is Your Background Screening Company a Fraud or the Real Deal? Background Screening Companies

Background screening companies exist to help employers find reliable and trustworthy employees. Do you know what qualities you should evaluate when seeking a provider? Our experts discuss the fundamental requirements that should be on your checklist-whether you’re seeking a provider for the first time or re-evaluating your screening program. Jason, Nick and Kevin discuss several topics, including the notion of an “apples to apples” comparison, the importance of accreditation and how to separate marketing claims from the real deal. Read More

 

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FTC Puts Background Screening Companies on Notice for Possible Privacy Violations

The Federal Trade Commission recently sent letters to ten data broker companies warning that their practices could violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) after a test-shopping operation by the FTC indicated the background screening companies were willing to sell consumer information without abiding by FCRA requirements. Read More 

 

 

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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