Tag Archives: Federal Trade Commission

FTC and CFPB Interpret FCRA Reporting for Non-Conviction Records

Blogs about FCRA

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have filed a joint amicus brief advocating for the seven-year reporting period for non-conviction records found in the federal Fair Credit reporting Act (FCRA) to begin on date of the charge or filing and not on the date of the last action in the case. To view the entire amicus brief jointly filed by the FTC and the CFPB, click here. Continue reading

FTC Issues Follow Up Guide for Background Checks

ESR News Blogs about FTC & Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a follow-up guide – Background Checks – Tips For Job Applicants and Employees – that expands on a March 2014 joint publication of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the FTC: Background Checks: What Job Applicants and Employees Should Know. The new guide further specifies the rights of applicants and employees under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and anti-discrimination laws when employers run background checks. The new guide is available at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/pdf-0044-background-checks.pdf. Continue reading

FTC Issues Report Examining Data Brokers

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Data BrokersThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a report – “Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability” – that claims data brokers operate with a fundamental lack of transparency and recommends Congress consider enacting legislation to make data broker practices more visible to consumers and to give consumers greater control over their personal information collected and shared by data brokers. The FTC report, the result of a study of nine data brokers representing a cross-section of the industry, is available at http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/data-brokers-call-transparency-accountability-report-federal-trade-commission-may-2014/140527databrokerreport.pdf. Continue reading

FTC Warns of False Consumer Complaint Emails

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning small businesses that an email with a subject line of “Pending consumer complaint” that falsely states a complaint has been filed against their company is not from the FTC. The FTC advises recipients of the email not to click on any links or attachments in the email since they may install a virus or spyware on the recipient’s computer. More information is available at http://www.ftc.gov//news-events/press-releases/2014/04/ftc-warns-small-businesses-dont-open-email-falsely-claiming-be. Continue reading

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

Identity Theft Tops Federal Trade Commission List of Consumer Complaints

Written By Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that identity theft has topped the list of national consumer complaints once again for 2013 and that U.S. consumers reported losing more than $1.6 billion to fraud overall. The FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN) Data Book 2013 found that 290,056 of the more than two million complaints received – 14 percent – were identity theft related. The CSN report is available at http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/consumer-sentinel-network-data-book-january-december-2013/sentinel-cy2013.pdf. Continue reading

EEOC and FTC Among Many Federal Agencies Closed During Government Shutdown

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), an agency that promotes consumer protection and fair business practices, are among the many federal agencies related to the workplace that are closed during the government shutdown that began October 1, 2013. The EEOC shutdown notice is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/shutdown_notice.cfm and the FTC shutdown notice is available at http://www.ftc.gov/shutdown.html. Continue reading

Federal Trade Commission Warns Data Brokers about Possible Fair Credit Reporting Act Violations

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sent letters to ten data broker companies to warn them that their practices could violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The letters were issued as part of a global privacy protection effort after a test-shopping operation by the FTC indicated the ten companies were willing to sell consumer information without following FCRA requirements. A news release from the FTC about the warning letters is available at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/05/databroker.shtm. Continue reading

FTC Approves Final Order Settling Charges against Criminal Background Check Report Marketers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a final order settling charges that Filiquarian Publishing LLC, Choice Level LLC, and their CEO operated as a consumer reporting agency (CRA) that provided criminal background check reports to be used for employment decisions without taking consumer protection measures required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  A press release from the FTC about the final order is available at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/05/filiquarian.shtm. Continue reading

Databases Tracking Employee Thefts to Be Examined by FTC for Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliance

Large databases that track employee thefts and could prevent workers accused of theft in the past from finding new jobs in the retail industry will be examined by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a report from the New York Times. The article – ‘Retailers Track Employee Thefts in Vast Databases’ – is available on the Times website at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/03/business/retailers-use-databases-to-track-worker-thefts.html. Continue reading