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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Equifax to Pay at Least $650 Million in Largest-Ever Data Breach Settlement


“Equifax put profits over privacy and greed over people, and must be held accountable to the millions of people they put at risk,” said Attorney General Letitia James of New York, who helped lead the states’ investigation. “This company’s ineptitude, negligence and lax security standards endangered the identities of half the U.S. population.” 

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Equifax exposed 150 million Americans' personal data. Now it will pay up to $700 million


Data breaches place almost everyone at risk for credit report mistakes.  That Equifax -- a company charged by law with protecting victims of identity theft and ensuring data integrity -- failed to prevent this breach is a bitter irony.  
Consumers should regularly check their credit reports for inaccurate information.  The Fair Credit Reporting Act enshrines consumers' rights to accurate credit reports.  For more information, visit Read more . . .


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

FTC Announces Final Rule Implementing Law Providing Free Credit Monitoring for Active Duty Military Consumers


https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2019/06/ftc-announces-final-rule-implementing-law-providing-free-credit

The final Rule defines “active duty military consumer” as a consumer in military service who meets the FCRA’s definition of “active duty military consumer,” which requires that the consumer be assigned to service away from their usual duty station, or be a member of the National Guard.
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Friday, July 5, 2019

What everyone should know about employer background checks


CBS MoneyWatch contacted me for their story about employment background checks and the widespread violations of consumers' rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  

That federal statute entitles consumers to accuracy -- not just with credit reports -- but also for employment and housing background checks.

Background check companies sometimes rely on partial information, like a birth year versus a full birth date, resulting in frequent mixups, experts said. "It's a much harder problem with criminal background reports, because oftentimes there is no date of birth or Social Security number provided," said Adam G. Singer, a consumer protection lawyer.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

How Much Is Your Data Worth to Facebook and Google? A New Senate Bill Aims to Find Out


The credit bureaus should be included.

http://fortune.com/2019/06/24/facebook-google-data-privacy-dashboard-act/
 

The Designing Accounting Safeguards to Help Broaden Oversight And Regulations on Data (DASHBOARD) Act, which was introduced on Monday, takes aim at companies that have more than 100 million monthly active users. The bill would pull back at least part of the curtain on the data collection practices of technology giants Facebook and Google—and potentially Twitter and Read more . . .


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Your phone carrier can now block robocalls by default


The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to give wireless carriers like Verizon the green light to block Read more . . .


Friday, June 7, 2019

Clarence Thomas Just Voted With the Liberals in a Big Consumer Rights Case. Why?


The story of Home Depot is a tale of greed, grift, and civil procedure. It centers on a scheme that involved three companies: Home Depot, Citibank, and Carolina Water Systems Inc. Here’s how it allegedly worked. Representatives from Home Depot or CWS called homeowners and claimed that “contaminants” were found in nearby tap water. They urged homeowners to let them perform a test for “contaminants,” which was really just a test for water hardness; almost all tap water tested positive, even if it was perfectly safe.
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Thursday, June 6, 2019

12 Million Medical Bills Stolen by Data Thieves: What to Do


Nearly 12 million U.S. residents may have had their credit cards, Social Security numbers compromised, thanks to a data breach at a medical blll-collection agency. It's likely that names, addresses and dates of birth were also part of the breach.

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