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Bell To Pay $21K for Unauthorized Credit Check

FINANCIAL PRIVACY

November 1, 2013

The Federal Court of Canada has ordered Bell TV to pay Rabi Chitrakar $21,000 in damages after it accessed his credit report without permission, CBC reports. After Bell conducted the credit check, Chitrakar signed his name on an electronic device which, unknown to him, embedded his signature in a rental agreement authorizing the company to obtain his credit report. Chitrakar complained to the company asking it to remove the check from his records noting it could reduce his credit rating leading to higher loan costs. The court’s decision states, Bell has “shown no interest” in remedying the situation, noting, “In this case, Chitrakar had his rights violated in a real sense with potentially adverse consequences.”
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