Alleged Diploma Mill that Made $11 Million Halted by FTC

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A U.S. district court in Florida has at the request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) temporarily halted a diploma mill that allegedly made $11 million from selling fake high school diplomas online to consumers nationwide. The FTC press release about the diploma mill is at http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/09/ftc-action-halts-online-high-school-diploma-mill-made-11-million.

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FTC Issues Report Examining Data Brokers

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 …

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FTC Warns of False Consumer Complaint Emails

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 …

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Data Brokers Settle FTC Charges of FCRA Violations

Written By Thomas Ahearn Two 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 …

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Background Check Forms Under Increased Scrutiny

Written By Thomas Ahearn A federal court decision from a District Court in Pennsylvania granted summary judgment in favor of a class of more than 1,800 job applicants and ruled the employer’s background check consent and disclosure form was improper since the form contained a waiver of liability even though such language is a common …

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EEOC and FTC Offer Tips for Employment Background Checks

Written By Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have released a joint publication titled ‘Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know’ to explain how compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and anti-discrimination laws intersect when employers use employment background checks. The publication is available …

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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 …

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Court Rules Job Seeker May Sue Data Aggregator for Inaccurate Information

The San Francisco, CA-based Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled an unemployed job seeker may sue a data aggregator that inaccurately described him as wealthy and well educated by alleging a violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) “without showing actual harm.” The opinion of the court is available at http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2014/02/04/11-56843.pdf.

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Credit Reporting Agency Mistakenly Identifies Veteran as Felon on Background Check Report

A Navy veteran who served three tours in Iraq was mistakenly identified as a felon after undergoing a background check to lease an apartment, according to a ‘Bamboozled’ post available on NJ.com at http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2013/11/bamboozled_credit_reporting_fi.html.

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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 …

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