FTC Verifies Internet Background Checks from Consumer Reporting Agencies Subject to Rules of Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Internet has recently buzzed with stories about how the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has given the official “OK” for Internet background checks of job applicants that would include up to seven years of information from social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter that are in compliance with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act…

Three Credit Report Resellers Settle FTC Charges for Not Protecting Personal Information of Consumers

By Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor In the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) first cases against credit report resellers for the data security failures of their clients, three companies that resell credit reports of consumers have agreed to settle FTC charges that they did not take reasonable steps to…

FTC Offers Facts for Consumers about Credit Reports and Employment Background Checks

By Les Rosen, President of ESR & Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the nation’s consumer protection agency – issued “FTC Facts For Consumers” in May 2010 that explains “Credit Reports and Employment Background Checks” to consumers who have applied for jobs. Although the new FTC notice  has been criticized…