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).Continue reading "FTC Reveals Top Ten Consumer Complaints of 2015"
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.Continue reading "FTC Files Charges Against Alleged High School Diploma Mills"
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 …Continue reading "FTC Report on Big Data Outlines Benefits and Risks for Businesses and Consumers"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The loan-servicing arm of a Texas-based auto dealer will pay $82,777 in civil penalties as part of a settlement to address Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that the company violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) Furnisher Rule by failing to have written policies and …Continue reading "Data Furnisher to Pay Over $82,000 to Settle FTC Charges of FCRA Violations"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a detailed report – ‘Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World’ – that recommends best practices that businesses can follow to enhance and protect the privacy and security of American consumers in a world of Internet-connected devices.Continue reading "FTC Report on Internet of Things Urges Best Practices"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A follow-up study of credit report accuracy issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has found that most consumers with previously reported unresolved errors on their credit reports believe that some disputed information on those reports is still inaccurate, according to an FTC press release. The study …Continue reading "FTC Issues Credit Report Accuracy Study"
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 …Continue reading "FTC and CFPB Interpret FCRA Reporting for Non-Conviction Records"
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 …Continue reading "FTC Issues Follow Up Guide for Background Checks"
Written By Thomas Ahearn The 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 …Continue reading "FTC Issues Report Examining Data Brokers"
Written By Thomas Ahearn The 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 …Continue reading "FTC Warns of False Consumer Complaint Emails"