Data Breach Protection and Information Security Will Be Critical Issues for Screening Firms in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 7, 2017, nationwide credit reporting agency Equifax announced that a massive data breach incident had impacted approximately 143 million Americans – almost half of the country –  a number that grew to include 145.5 million people in the U.S. The need for background screening firms to ensure …

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New York Proposes Regulations for Credit Reporting Agencies in Response to Equifax Data Breach

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In response to the massive Equifax data breach that exposed the personal data of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers – almost half the country – Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) to issue a proposed regulation that would require credit reporting agencies …

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Congress Considers FCRA Liability Harmonization Act to Amend Fair Credit Reporting Act to Limit Damages in Class Action Lawsuits

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 7, 2017 – ironically the same day nationwide credit reporting agency Equifax announced it had suffered a massive data breach – Congress held a hearing entitled “Legislative Proposals for a More Efficient Federal Financial Regulatory Regime” to consider six proposals including one called “The FCRA …

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Some Common Job Applicant Fears about Background Checks Unfounded

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn To help calm nerves job applicants have about background checks done by employers,  an article on job website Monster.com – “Employment background check guide for job applicants” – compared common fears against the facts and featured background check experts such as Dawn Standerwick, Chair of the Board of …

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Consumer Files Lawsuit Claiming Credit Reporting Agencies Failed to Remove Dispute Language from Credit Report

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 23, 2017, a consumer filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana against two of the three major credit reporting agencies claiming “she was damaged because her credit report was not updated per her request,” according to a report from …

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Appeals Court Finds No Concrete Injury in FCRA Lawsuit Over Incorrect Information on Credit Report

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided in Dreher v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc., et al that the plaintiff’s claim that Experian violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by listing a defunct company on his credit report – thus …

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Lawsuit Claims Three Credit Reporting Agencies Allegedly Violated FCRA by Reporting Old Debt

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An Illinois woman has filed a lawsuit filed against the three major nationwide credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – claiming that they allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to observe her bankruptcy and reporting discharged debt, according to …

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Three Major Credit Reporting Agencies to Implement Enhanced Public Record Data Standards on July 1

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Three major national credit reporting agencies in the United States – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – will implement enhanced public record data standards for consumer credit reports beginning on July 1, 2017, according to a statement from the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA).

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CFPB Fines Credit Reporting Agency $3 Million for Deceiving Consumers about Credit Scores

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered one of the nation’s three largest credit reporting agencies, Experian, to pay a civil penalty of $3 million for deceiving consumers about the use of credit scores it sold to them, according to a report on the CFPB …

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CFPB Releases Report Detailing Problems in Credit Reporting Industry

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a special report that details the problems in the credit reporting industry that the CFPB has uncovered and corrected through oversight work and outlines actions the CFPB has taken to address these problems such as fixing data accuracy …

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