Make sure you’re prepared to take action and comply!
What is changing?
This bill has many provisions, but here are the key takeaways regarding background screening:
- Consumers may request a Security Freeze or Fraud Alert, free of charge, from any of the nationwide Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies.
- When a consumer is required to receive a copy of the Summary of Rights, it must include the new notification "Consumers Have the Right to Obtain a Security Freeze."
- The length of time for initial fraud alerts is being extended from 90 days to one year.
How do I stay compliant?
Before the FCRA changes go into effect on September 21st, you will want to protect your company by updating your Summary of Rights. Verified First has made the updated Summary of Rights available for you on our website that includes the new language regarding security freezes.
Consumers Have the Right To Obtain a Security Freeze
You have a right to place a ''security freeze'' on your credit report, which will prohibit a consumer reporting agency from releasing information in your credit report without your express authorization. The security freeze is designed to prevent credit, loans, and services from being approved in your name without your consent. However, you should be aware that using a security freeze to take control over who gets access to the personal and financial information in your credit report may delay, interfere with, or prohibit the timely approval of any subsequent request or application you make regarding a new loan, credit, mortgage, or any other account involving the extension of credit.
As an alternative to a security freeze, you have the right to place an initial or extended fraud alert on your credit file at no cost. An initial fraud alert is a 1-year alert that is placed on a consumer's credit file. Upon seeing a fraud alert display on a consumer's credit file, a business is required to take steps to verify the consumer's identity before extending new credit. If you are a victim of identity theft, you are entitled to an extended fraud alert, which is a fraud alert lasting 7 years.
A security freeze does not apply to a person or entity, or its affiliates, or collection agencies acting on behalf of the person or entity, with which you have an existing account that requests information in your credit report for the purposes of reviewing or collecting the account. Reviewing the account includes activities related to account maintenance, monitoring, credit line increases, and account upgrades and enhancements.