Tag Archives: Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA)

Data Brokers Settle FTC Charges of FCRA Violations

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogTwo data brokers that sell public record information about consumers have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by allegedly providing reports about consumers to users such as prospective employers and landlords without taking reasonable steps to make sure that they were accurate or that their users had a permissible reason to have those reports. A press release from the FTC about the settlements is available at http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/04/two-data-brokers-settle-ftc-charges-they-sold-consumer-data. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit against Background Firm Alleging Fair Credit Reporting Act Violations Demonstrates Importance of Legal Compliance

The importance of legal compliance and background checks was underscored in the filing of a class action lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on November 1, 2013 against a Florida based background screening firm for violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  The lawsuit seeks statutory damages that can be $100 to $1,000 for every consumer that was the subject of a background check done using the forms and methods that were the subject of the complaint.  The lawsuit also request punitive damages. The law also provides for attorneys fees. The case is Los Angeles County Superior Court case BR 526352. Continue reading

Background Check Consumer Protection Group Concerned CRAs Reaches 200 Members

Background check consumer protection watchdog group Concerned CRAs has accepted its 200th participating employment background screening company, according to a press release available at http://www.prweb.com/releases/backgroundchecks/employment/prweb11304787.htm. Continue reading

First Advantage Acquires Background Screening Industry Competitor Verifications Inc

Background screening provider First Advantage (FADV), a Symphony Technology Group (STG) company, has acquired screening industry competitor Verifications, Inc., according to a press release on the Yahoo! Finance website available at http://finance.yahoo.com/news/first-advantage-acquires-verifications-inc-180000268.html. Continue reading

FTC Settlement for 3.5 Million Dollars with Check Services Company Demonstrates Importance of Following FCRA

One of the nation’s largest check authorization service companies has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it allegedly violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Although the company is not a firm providing employment background checks, it did provide services under the FCRA and is subject to many of the same rules that apply to background screening firms. A press release from the FTC concerning the $3.5 million penalty – the second largest in an FCRA matter – is available at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/08/certegy.shtm. Continue reading

Top 20 Stories for Background Check Screening for 2012 from Employment Screening Resources

For the last day of the year, nationwide accredited background check provider Employment Screening Resources (ESR)http://www.esrcheck.com – has chosen the following ‘Top 20 Stories for Background Check Screening for 2012’ from the ESR News blog at http://www.esrcheck.com/wordpress/. Here are the top 20 stories for 2012 from ESR in order of the date posted: Continue reading

CFPB Warns Nationwide Specialty Consumer Reporting Agencies to Give Consumers Easy Access to Free Consumer Reports

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a bulletin to nationwide specialty consumer reporting agencies (NSCRAs) as a reminder of their obligation under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which the CFPB oversees, to provide a “streamlined process” for consumers to obtain a free annual consumer report. The CFPB also issued warning letters to NSCRAs that may be violating the FCRA by failing to provide consumers an easy way to access their free reports. The bulletin from the CFPB is available at: http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201211_cfpb_NSCRA_Bulletin.pdf. Continue reading

Mobile App Developers Must Comply with California Online Privacy Protection Act by November 29

Effective November 29, 2012, all mobile application developers with “apps” available in California must be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act, according to a press release issued by  Attorney General Kamala D. Harris on October 30, 2012. The Attorney General formally notified up to 100 mobile app developers with ‘Notice of Non-Compliance with California Online Privacy Protection Act’ letters that they had 30 days to “conspicuously post a privacy policy within their app that informs users of what personally identifiable information about them is being collected and what will be done with that private information.” The press release is available at http://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-kamala-d-harris-notifies-mobile-app-developers-non-compliance. Continue reading

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Begins Accepting Credit Reporting Complaints from Consumers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has begun to accept consumer complaints about credit reporting, marking the first time consumers will receive individual-level credit reporting complaint assistance at the federal level. The CFPB already handles complaints on credit cards, mortgages, bank accounts, and consumer and private student loans. To file a credit reporting complaint, consumers may call 1-855-411-CFPB (2372) Toll Free or file online at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/complaint/. Continue reading

CFPB Releases Examination Procedures for Larger Consumer Reporting Agencies to Verify Companies are Complying with Law

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released the examination procedures to be used in examining larger credit bureaus and Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) so CFPB examiners may verify that these companies are complying with requirements of federal consumer financial law. The CFPB’s authority to supervise larger consumer reporting companies takes effect September 30, 2012. The ‘Examination Procedures for Larger Participants of the Consumer Reporting Market’ is available at: http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201209_cfpb_Consumer_Reporting_Examination_Procedures.pdf. Continue reading