C4 Operations does not use Offshoring Practices to Research Personal Data of Americans Outside of US

C4 Operations has joined in with ConcernedCRAs to share the potential dangers caused by background check firms “offshoring” Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to countries such as India and the Philippines, We would like to share a resource from Employment Screening Resources (ESR) . This new whitepaper was written by ESR founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen and is titled ‘The Dangers of Offshoring Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Outside of United States’ and details the hazards of sending PII to countries that are well beyond the reach of U.S. privacy and identity theft laws. The complimentary whitepaper is available at: http://www.esrcheck.com/Download/.

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“Employers and consumers alike should be made aware of the many dangers of offshoring that include loss of privacy, identity theft, data breaches, quality of work issues, and lack of disclosure,” states Rosen, noted background check authority and author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual.’ “Employers need to know if PII is offshored to assess if the cost savings are worth the privacy and quality considerations. Consumers should be told if offshoring is sending their personal information outside of the U.S.”

The whitepaper defines “offshoring” as the practice of some U.S. companies routinely sending the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of American consumers to foreign countries with cheaper production and labor costs to increase profits. PII is defined as data used for distinguishing individual identity, and may include:

  • Full name.
  • Birthday and Birthplace.
  • Social Security Number (SSN).
  • Vehicle registration plate number.
  • Driver’s license number.
  • Credit card number.
  • National identification number.

The whitepaper also outlines the negative side effects of offshoring for employers and consumers:

  • Once PII goes offshore, it is beyond the protections if U.S. privacy laws explain Rosen. An American who is the victim of identity theft as a result of offshoring cannot as a practical matter call foreign Police Departments and expect help.
  • Regardless of whether the information remains on the servers of the U.S. firm and is accessed abroad, or whether the foreign workers are technically on the payroll of the U.S. firm or a subsidiary, the problem is that a worker outside of the U.S. has access