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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

Identity Theft Tops Annual FTC List of National Consumer Complaints for 13th Consecutive Year

Identity theft in general – and tax- or wage-related fraud in particular – has once again topped the list of complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the 13th consecutive year in the annual FTC Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for January – December 2012. The report, which marks the first year the FTC received more than 2 million complaints overall, found that 369,132 complaints – or 18 percent –  were related to identity theft, with more than 43 percent of those complaints related to tax- or wage-related fraud. The FTC Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for 2012 is available at http://www.ftc.gov/sentinel/reports/sentinel-annual-reports/sentinel-cy2012.pdf. Continue reading

FTC Study on Credit Report Accuracy Finds One in Five Consumers has Error on Their Credit Reports

A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) study of accuracy in the U.S. credit reporting industry has found that one in five consumers – an estimated 40 million Americans, according to a ‘60 Minutes’ report on the FTC study – had an error on at least one of their three major credit reports while five percent had significant errors on one of their credit reports that could result in less favorable terms for auto loans and insurance. The full text of the FTC report is available at http://www.ftc.gov/os/2013/02/130211factareport.pdf. Continue reading

Allegation of Failure to Update FCRA Compliance Forms by National Retailer Leads to 3 Million Dollar Settlement

A large national retailer has settled an employment class action lawsuit for $3 million that alleged the company violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to send proper notices to nearly 65,000 plaintiffs who were job applicants. More detailed information about the settlement reached in Pitt v. KMart Corp., Case No. 11-cv-00697 is available at: http://www.archive.org/download/gov.uscourts.vaed.272989/gov.uscourts.vaed.272989.56.0.pdf. Continue reading

Mobile Apps Marketers Offering Criminal Background Checks To Settle FTC Charges for Violating Fair Credit Reporting Act

In resolving the first Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case involving mobile “apps,” marketers of mobile applications that compiled and sold criminal record background check reports as job applicant screening tools have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they operated as consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) without taking consumer protection measures required by the FCRA.  The FTC’s settlement order, which prohibits the companies involved from future FCRA violations, is available at http://www.ftc.gov/os/caselist/1123195/130110filquarianagree.pdf. Continue reading