IRS Offers Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft for 2017

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the deadline for filing taxes nearing – Tuesday, April 18, 2017, because the usual Tax Day of April 15 falls on a weekend – the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is offering a Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft to help taxpayers combat “tax-related identity theft” that occurs …

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FTC Reminds Users of Consumer Reports of their Obligations Under the FCRA

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) blog entitled ‘Background checks? Don’t double-dip.’ reminds users who receive information from Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) that compile consumer reports containing the employment, income, and criminal history of consumers that they must comply with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and …

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FTC Hosts Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week from January 30 to February 3

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week from January 30, 2017, to February 3, 2017, with a series of events using webinars and social media to alert consumers and businesses to ways they can minimize their risk of tax identity theft, …

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FTC Issues New Guidance for Tenant Background Screening

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued new guidance for landlords who use background checks to screen tenants and for tenant background screening companies to help them comply with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) which the FTC helps enforce.

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FTC Issues Data Breach Response Guide for Businesses

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With massive data breaches like the one affecting 500 million Yahoo users in the news lately, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a new Data Breach Response: A Guide for Business that outlines the steps that businesses should take when experiencing a data breach.

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FTC Requests Public Comment on Disposal Rule for Consumer Report Information and Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking public comment on the Disposal Rule formally known as the ‘Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records Rule’ which implements part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACTA) by requiring consumer report information for business purposes …

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FTC Releases New Guidance for Employment Background Screening Companies to Help with FCRA Compliance

  Breaking News Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released new guidance for companies in the business of compiling background information for employment purposes called “What Employment Background Screening Companies Need to Know About the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)” in order to help these companies understand …

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FTC Reveals Top Ten Consumer Complaints of 2015

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Debt collection, identity theft, and imposter scams were the most common categories of consumer complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2015, according to the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for January – December 2015 (PDF).

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FTC Files Charges Against Alleged High School Diploma Mills

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed charges against two operators of alleged online high schools that claim to be legitimate but are “little more than diploma mills charging anywhere from $135 to $349 for a worthless certificate,” according to a press release on the FTC website.

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FTC Report on Big Data Outlines Benefits and Risks for Businesses and Consumers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A report released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues – provides recommendations to businesses on how to properly use “big data” analytics while also highlighting the benefits and risks of “big data” for consumers in …

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