The Federal Trade Commission staff looked at a company selling background reports that include information derived from social media to see if they complied with the FCRA. The companies selling such reports have to comply that information derived from social media must comply with the FCRA. This means that the have to provide copies of the report to the people and a process in place to dispute errors. Also companies selling these background reports to employers must certify that the reports will not be used to violate federal or state equal employment opportunities laws.
To learn more, see http://business.ftc.gov/blog/2011/06/fair-credit-reporting-act-social-media-what-businesses-should-know
Larry SmithConsumer Rights Attorney at SmithMarco, P.C.Larry P. Smith is a consumer attorney and the founder and Managing Partner at SmithMarco, P.C. He has tried dozens of consumer rights cases to verdict and has arbitrated over 700 cases. Additionally, he has amicably resolved over 3,000 consumer fraud, Fair Credit Reporting Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act cases via settlement. Mr. Smith has been a guest on multiple radio outlets including WLS and WGN in Chicago providing consumer advice. Mr. Smith also provides leadership and delivers lectures to the National Association of Consumer Advocates, The National Consumer Law Center, and the Chicago Bar Association. Latest posts by Larry Smith (see all)
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