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FTC’s Secret Data Shoppers Uncover FCRA Violators


May 8, 2013

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced it sent warning letters to 10 data brokers warning they may be in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Ad Age reports. The potential violators were discovered by an undercover FTC data shopper in a sting operation; part of a Global Privacy Enforcement Network initiative. In it, the FTC approached 45 companies seeking financial data, citing reasons such as checks for employment eligibility or creditworthiness. Of those, “10 appeared willing to sell information without complying with the requirements of the FCRA.”
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