A new FTC blog post titled “Tenant background check reports: Put it in writing” reminds landlords, property managers, and other housing providers of their obligation under the Fair Credit Reporting Act to provide notice of adverse action when information in a consumer report leads them to deny housing to an applicant or require the applicant to pay a deposit that other applicants would not be required to pay. … Continue Reading
Under Director Chopra’s leadership, the CFPB has regularly been sounding alarms about the potential for discrimination arising from the use of so-called “black box” credit models that use algorithms or other artificial intelligence (AI) tools. Today, in the second of its recently-launched Consumer Financial Protection Circulars, the CFPB addresses ECOA adverse action notice requirements in connection with credit decisions based on algorithms.… Continue Reading
The CFPB, FTC, DOJ, and Federal Reserve Board have filed a joint amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit urging the court to reverse a district court ruling that an individual who had already received credit from the defendant and who was not currently applying to the defendant for credit was not an “applicant” for purposes of the ECOA’s adverse action notice requirement.… Continue Reading
The CFPB announced that it will hold its first Tech Sprint on October 5-9, 2020, with the participating teams to be focused on “developing a range of innovative approaches to electronically-delivered adverse action notices” and is seeking applicants to participate.
The Bureau indicated that in addition to conducting the Tech Sprint, it is considering “a range of possible policy actions with respect to adverse action notices and also to electronic disclosure more generally.” … Continue Reading
Although its new mortgage servicing rules are not effective until January 10, 2014, the CFPB seems to already be using those rules as guideposts in its examinations of servicers. In its Summer 2013 Supervisory Highlights, which highlights supervision work completed between November 2012 and June 2013, the CFPB focuses on deficiencies in mortgage servicing at both banks and nonbanks. … Continue Reading