On April 9, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced settlements with two data brokers, Instant Checkmate, Inc. and InfoTrack Information Services, Inc. The settlements stem from allegations that the companies violated various provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, including failure to take reasonable steps to ensure that consumer reports were accurate and that their users had a permissible reason to have them.
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On January 16, 2014 the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with TeleCheck Services, Inc., and its affiliated debt-collection entity, TRS Recovery Services, Inc. The settlement stems from allegations that the defendants violated various provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, including requirements concerning the accuracy of consumer reports and dispute investigation and resolution procedures.
Continue Reading FTC Announces 3.5 Million Dollar Settlement for Alleged FCRA Violations

As reported in the Hunton Employment and Labor Perspectives Blog, 2013 saw a number of significant class action settlements against both employers and consumer reporting agencies for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act in the use of criminal background checks. This blog entry highlights some key cases.
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On December 2, 2013, the FTC announced that it will host a series of seminars to examine the privacy implications of three new areas of technology used to track, market to and analyze consumers: mobile device tracking, predictive scoring and consumer-generated health data.
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On November 13, 2013, two companies that provide consumer background reports to third parties, including criminal record checks, agreed to an 18.6 million dollar settlement stemming from allegations that they violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act when providing these reports to prospective employers.
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On September 25, 2013, Senator Jay Rockefeller expanded his investigation of the data broker industry by sending letters to twelve popular health and personal finance websites requesting information about their data collection and sharing practices. Responses are due by October 11, 2013.
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On August 15, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced a 3.5 million dollar settlement with Cetergy following allegations that the check authorization service violated various provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, including requirements concerning accuracy of consumer reports and dispute investigation and resolution procedures.
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