On April 3, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission issued a press release regarding letters it sent to website operators that provide tenant rental history reports to landlords to warn them that they may be considered consumer reporting agencies subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
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On May 2, 2012, Australia’s Attorney General Nicola Roxon announced that the Canadian government will introduce a bill to the Australian Parliament that will enact a number of the recommendations from the 2008 Law Reform Commission Report and reform privacy law in Australia. Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim presented an overview of the draft legislation during iappANZ’s Privacy Awareness Week.
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As reported in the Hunton Employment & Labor Perspectives Blog, the U.S. Department of Justice has moved to intervene in a suit challenging the constitutionality of the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s prohibition on reporting adverse information (other than criminal convictions) more than seven years old.
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Connecticut recently became the latest state to pass a law regulating employer use of credit reports. The law goes into effect October 1, 2011, and prohibits employers from requiring employees or applicants to consent to an employer pulling their credit report except under certain circumstances.

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