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CFPB Explores Use of Alternative Data in Calculating Credit Scores

The CFPB is exploring the use of alternative data in an effort to expand credit access to consumers who lack enough of a credit history to obtain a credit score. Traditionally, a credit score is based on a consumer's history...more

CFPB May Focus on Credit Reporting as an Enforcement Priority

On February 28, 2017, the CFPB issued its monthly complaint report spotlighting credit reporting complaints (the Spotlight). Two days later, the Bureau issued a Special Edition of its Supervisory Highlights Report, which also...more

CFBP Releases Special Edition of its Supervisory Highlights Focusing on Consumer Reporting

The CFPB recently released a “Special Edition” of its Supervisory Highlights that focuses exclusively on data accuracy issues in consumer credit reporting and the handling and resolution of consumer disputes. The report...more

Alternative Data and Credit Scores: Will it Trigger CFPB Enforcement?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) recently announced an effort to better understand how “alternative data” could be used to expand access to credit. Through a formal notice and request for...more

CFPB Issues Consent Order Against Equifax and Transunion for Deceptive Practices

On January 3, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) entered into consent orders with credit reporting agencies Equifax and TransUnion, requiring that they pay a total of over $17.6 million in restitution to...more

CFPB Continues Its Focus on Medical Debt

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a consent order with two debt collection law firms specializing in medical debt. This action is similar to prior CFPB enforcement actions taken against debt...more

CFPB Consent Orders with Consumer Reporting Agencies Focus on Marketing Practices not Credit Reporting

Marketing practices remain at the forefront of CFPB activity as evidenced by two recent consent orders entered into with TransUnion and Equifax. The consent orders combine to require the CRAs to pay more than $17.6 million...more

CFPB Complaint Report Returns to Debt Collection

The CFPB recently issued its monthly report of consumer complaints and turned its focus back to debt collection. The Report is a high level snapshot of trends in consumer complaints and provides a summary of the volume of...more

CFPB Makes FinTech Headlines

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB” or “Bureau”) made headlines in FinTech on October 24, 2016. First, the Bureau released its first-ever Project Catalyst report on promoting consumer-friendly innovation...more

What Happens When My Company Receives a National Security Letter? A Primer

Even today, most companies—even technology companies—do not think they have information that the U.S. Government wants or needs, particularly as it might relate to a national security investigation. The reality is that as...more

CFPB September 2016 complaint report highlights money transfer complaints, complaints from Pennsylvania consumers

The CFPB has issued its September 2016 complaint report which highlights complaints about money transfers and complaints from consumers in Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia metro area.  The CFPB began taking money transfer...more

Three Actions to Take If You Are a Victim Of Identity Theft

You may be a victim of identity theft and not even realize it. Have you received a letter from a bank you do not recognize confirming that your new line of credit has been approved? Or maybe a phone call from a credit card...more

Most Recent CFPB Supervisory Highlights Feature FCRA, LO Compensation and Debt Collection Issues

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s most recent supervisory highlights publication featured issues relating to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, loan originator compensation and in-person debt collection that should be on...more

NAIC Cybersecurity Task Force Weighs Credit Freezes

On May 24-25, the NAIC Cybersecurity (EX) Task Force held an interim meeting to hear comments from various industry trade organizations and other interested parties on the proposed Insurance Data Security Model Law exposed...more

Eleventh Circuit Weighs In on the FCRA’s Furnisher Investigation Requirement

The 11th Circuit has clarified that the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires furnishers of credit information—like their credit reporting agency (CRA) counterparts—to conduct "reasonable" investigations of consumer...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.25.16

It’s a week of big fat NOs so far, with Tribune emphatically turning down Gannett yesterday and Monsanto doing the same to Bayer and its massive all-cash $62 billion offer...more

FTC Releases Updated FCRA Guidance On Background Checks

On May 10, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a new publication related to background checks and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) titled What Employment Background Screening Companies Need to Know About the...more

Registration Requirement for CRAs in Rhode Island

Rhode Island has a quirky statute that arguably requires any consumer reporting agency who provides credit reports or information to state residents to register with the Department of State – Business Services Division. I...more

Seventh Circuit Holds No Agreement Entered Into With Respect To On-Line Contract

This case arises from an appeal from an Illinois federal district court, which ruled that TransUnion, a credit reporting agency, did not give a putative class of its website users proper notice of an arbitration agreement,...more

CFPB Releases FDCPA Annual Report

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released its fifth annual Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) Annual Report, detailing the CFPB and FTC’s activities throughout 2015 related to debt collection...more

CFPB’s Two-Year Policy Priorities

On Thursday, February 25, 2016, the CFPB held a Consumer Advisory Board meeting in which it outlined its forward-looking supervision and enforcement priorities. After the Board meeting, the CFPB published a summary of these...more

CFPB Takes Aim at Overdraft Fees and Screening Inaccuracies

On February 3, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took a series of steps aimed at improving access to checking accounts for the nearly 10 million American households that are “unbanked” or which have no...more

CFPB Tackles Checking Accounts With Compliance Bulletin, Letter to Banks

Why it matters - Taking a deep dive into the area of checking accounts, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) sent a letter to 25 of the largest retail banks "encouraging them to make available and widely...more

Proposed Amendments to Fair Credit Reporting Act

Two new bills affecting credit reporting and the use of credit reports for employment purposes are working their way through Congress. If passed, the bills would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The first, The...more

In the CFPB’s Crosshairs…2016 and Beyond

Overview of 2015 and Implications for 2016 - In many respects, 2015 was a defining year for the CFPB. It was a year in which the relatively young agency took important steps to solidify its policy positions and more...more

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