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FTC Announces FinTech Forum on Crowdfunding, Peer-to-Peer Payments

Posted in Events, Mobile Payments, UDAAP

On August 3, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released two items in connection with its series of events on the implications of FinTech for consumers. First, the FTC announced it will be hosting the next event in the FinTech Forum series on October 26, 2016. The event will address crowdfunding and peer-to-peer payments. Second,… Read More

#ThrowbackThursday: FTC Rescinds FCRA Commentary in Handoff to CFPB

Posted in CFPB

In July, 2011, Morrison & Foerster published the client alert “FTC Rescinds FCRA Commentary in Handoff to CFPB.” Summary: Earlier this week, the FTC withdrew its Statements of General Policy or Interpretations under the FCRA, which includes the FTC’s Commentary on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“Commentary”). See 16 C.F.R. pt. 600. In addition, the… Read More

FTC Releases New Guidance on FCRA Compliance for Employment Background Screening Companies

Posted in Regulatory Developments

The FTC has released new guidance aimed at helping companies that conduct background screenings for employment purposes to determine whether they are “consumer reporting agencies” within the meaning of the federal FCRA. Pointing to the broad statutory definition of “consumer reports,” the guidance helpfully notes that many companies that provide information about people to employers… Read More

Treasury Issues White Paper on Online Marketplace Lending

Posted in CFPB, Fair Lending

On May 10, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) issued a white paper, entitled “Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending” (“White Paper”). The White Paper describes Treasury’s review of online marketplace lending and provides Treasury’s recommendations to the private sector and the federal government on how to encourage “safe growth” in the… Read More

Big Data, Big Deal

Posted in Disparate Impact, Enforcement Actions, Privacy

The FTC rang in the New Year with a report, Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues. The report wrestles with the implications of using big data analytics to target and make decisions about customers. Some of the FTC’s observations are common sense, but others require more careful analysis. For example,… Read More

Higher One, Inc. Enforcement Actions Remind Nonbank Service Providers of Their Legal Obligations When Partnering With Banks

Posted in CFPB, Enforcement Actions, UDAAP

On December 23, 2015, the Federal Reserve Board (“Federal Reserve”) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (“FDIC” and, collectively with the Federal Reserve, the “Agencies”) announced settlements with Higher One, Inc. (“Higher One”) for alleged violations of the prohibition against deceptive acts and practices under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. In conjunction… Read More

#ThrowbackThursday: FTC Comments on the CFPB’s Foray into Mobile Financial Services, Emphasizing Its Extensive Consumer Protection Efforts in the Space, Including Enforcement Actions

Posted in CFPB, Enforcement Actions, Mobile Payments

In September 2014, Morrison & Foerster published the client alert “FTC Comments on the CFPB’s Foray into Mobile Financial Services, Emphasizing Its Extensive Consumer Protection Efforts in the Space, Including Enforcement Actions.” Summary: Earlier this month, the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the FTC submitted comments to the CFPB in response to the CFPB’s June… Read More

The CFPB and FTC Agree to Continue to Coordinate

Posted in CFPB

In March 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reauthorized their 2012 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), extending it for a three-year term with a few small administrative updates. According to the FTC’s blog post, titled Peace, Love, and Understanding, the two agencies plan to continue to coordinate. The MOU covers… Read More