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As reported on Hunton and Williams LLP’s Privacy and Information Security Law Blog, on August 8, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement agreement with employment screening company HireRight Solutions, Inc. (“HireRight”). In its first enforcement action against an employment background screening company for Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) violations, the FTC alleged that HireRight functioned as a consumer reporting agency, but failed to comply with certain FCRA requirements. The proposed consent order imposes a $2.6 million penalty on HireRight and requires the company to remedy the alleged FCRA violations, create and retain certain records and submit reports to demonstrate compliance.

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