FTC's Spokeo Fine Extends FCRA To Online Data Collectors

Law360, New York (June 12, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission hit data broker Spokeo Inc. with an $800,000 fine Tuesday for allegedly violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act by selling consumer profiles to potential employers for screening purposes, a move attorneys say widens the agency's enforcement net to include companies that compile information publicly available online.

Spokeo violated the FCRA by failing to make sure that consumer information that it marketed and sold to human resources professionals, job recruiters and others as an employment screening tool was accurate and used for legal...
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