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Salvation Army Data Breach Compromises Employee Background Check Information

By Michael Klazema on 8/20/2015   |   Tags:   background check

A recent breach of a background check company contracted by the Salvation Army, among other organizations and companies, may have compromised the sensitive personal information of 100,000 people nationwide, according to a recent report from a Georgia CBS affiliate. Sources say that the background check company had information about their clients' employees and applicants on a laptop that was stolen out of a car, all the way back in May. Information contained on the computer ranged from personal details like names, addresses, and dates of birth, to more even more sensitive information, like Social Security Numbers. In the wrong hands, the information could lead to identity theft and other fraudulent crimes.Salvation Army, the well-known Christian charitable organization with locations and presences all over the world, was just one of the many clients of the breached background check company. In fact, according to the CBS report, only 86 Salvation Army applicants were even compromised, j ...

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Delaware Governor Signs New Background Check Legislation into Law to Help Protect Children

By Michael Klazema on 8/16/2015   |   Tags:   delaware

Delaware's Governor recently signed a piece of legislation into law that will call for stricter background checks for employees and volunteers with youth-serving entities throughout the state. The legislation was named in honor of former Delaware Attorney General, Beau Biden, who made it a focus of his time in office to go after child sexual abusers.

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  • August 20

    A recent breach of a background check company contracted by the Salvation Army, among other organizations and companies, may have compromised the sensitive personal information of 100,000 people nationwide, according to a recent report from a Georgia CBS affiliate. Sources say that the background check company had information about their clients' employees and applicants on a laptop that was stolen out of a car, all the way back in May. Information contained on the computer ranged from personal details like names, addresses, and dates of birth, to more even more sensitive information, like Social Security Numbers. In the wrong hands, the information could lead to identity theft and other fraudulent crimes.Salvation Army, the well-known Christian charitable organization with locations and presences all over the world, was just one of the many clients of the breached background check company. In fact, according to the CBS report, only 86 Salvation Army applicants were even compromised, j ...

  • August 17 — NYC is fleshing out the vetting policies for its pre-K education programs. The city launched an effort to provide universal pre-K education last year, and new changes to the vetting procedure will ensure better employee background checks, more thorough building inspections, and more.
  • August 16 — Delaware's Governor recently signed a piece of legislation into law that will call for stricter background checks for employees and volunteers with youth-serving entities throughout the state. The legislation was named in honor of former Delaware Attorney General, Beau Biden, who made it a focus of his time in office to go after child sexual abusers.
  • August 14

    Delaware is the newest state to restrict employer’s access to and use of social media accounts of employees and applicants. Delaware House Bill 109 became effective when the Governor approved it on August 7, 2015.

  • August 13 — West Virginia will soon implement a new background check program called WV CARES. The system is designed to run state and FBI criminal history checks for anyone applying for a job as a long-term caregiver for seniors or other vulnerable adults.
  • August 12 — The Utah Homeless Taskforce helps chronically homeless individuals expunge records of petty crimes so that they can move on with their lives. The program, established as a temporary pilot program last year, was recently extended for another three years.
  • August 10 — A restaurant proprietor in Illinois is having his video gambling machine license revoked and his liquor license reviewed after a report revealed a major felony fraud conviction in his past. But did background checks overlook the man's conviction, or was the conviction expunged and therefore not valid for consideration anyway?
  • August 07 — An audit of the Washington state criminal history repository has found that the database is missing thousands of convictions. A flaw in the judicial reporting system means that both felony and misdemeanor convictions haven't reached the database in recent years.
  • August 05 — Seattle is one of the few cities in the country to ban the box for private employers. However, the city's Job Assistance Ordinance also includes an unusual stipulation that may take the "ban the box" concept too far.
  • August 03 — A school bus transportation company has 75 bus driver positions to fill in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and is running out of time to find employees. Could in-depth background check policies be scaring away potential applicants?