• Fair Credit Reporting Act Is Applied to Data Broker Selling Personal Information Gleaned from Social Media for Employment Screening
  • August 9, 2012 | Author: Scott J. Wenner
  • Law Firm: Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP - New York Office
  • In what the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) touts as “the first Commission case to address the sale of Internet and social media data in the employment screening context,” Spokeo, an on-line data broker, has agreed to settle charges by the FTC that its practices violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). Signing a consent decree endorsed on June 19 in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, and without admitting any claims or their underlying facts, Spokeo agreed to pay a fine of $800,000 and submit to injunctive relief chiefly aimed at compliance with the FCRA in the future.