FTC Report on Internet of Things Urges Best Practices

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.

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FTC Issues Credit Report Accuracy Study

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 …

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FTC and CFPB Interpret FCRA Reporting for Non-Conviction Records

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 …

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FTC Issues Follow Up Guide for 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 …

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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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