Spokeo Charged with Violating FCRA

Spokeo, a data broker that gathers and sells information profiles on millions of consumers, will have to pay $800,000 fine to settle a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charge. The Federal Trade Commission alleges that Spokeo violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by marketing its services to recruiters, Human Resource departments, and Background Screening companies…

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Verifying Current Employment?…Be Very Careful Conducting Background Checks

Be careful when seeking new employment while trying not to notify a current employer. When clients order a background screening report requesting that we verify current employment for a potential new hire, we, as a courtesy, reconfirm with the client that we have the applicant’s permission to do so. There is potential liability for contacting…

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Banking Institution for Violating the FCRA

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Capital One for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act. On December 6, 2011, Nichols Kaster, PLLP, filed the lawsuit on behalf of Kevin Smith, accusing Capital One of violating two sections of the FCRA. The first alleges that Capital One’s disclosure and authorization form is flawed, purposely…

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Social Media Searches Now Factored into College Admissions Decisions

Universities and colleges are now jumping on the social media bandwagon in hopes of using sites such as Facebook and Twitter to screen their prospective students. According to a recent Kaplan survey, 41% of law school admissions employees have searched social media sites to learn more about the applicants. The survey covered 128 of 200…

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