The FCC has taken a step toward getting control over the potential TCPA exposure a business faces when it calls one of its customers at a phone number that, unbeknownst to the business, has been reassigned from the customer to someone else.

On December 13, 2018, the FCC released an order directing the creation of a single comprehensive database of disconnected numbers. … Continue Reading

A group of 35 Democratic Senators have sent a letter to Mick Mulvaney and Leandra English urging the CFPB to continue to publicly disclose consumer complaint information.

In remarks last month at an American Bankers Association conference, CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney is reported to have strongly criticized the CFPB’s policy of publicly disclosing consumer complaint information and suggested that the policy is likely to be discontinued. … Continue Reading

I am delighted to be writing my first blog post for the CFPB Monitor as a new member of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group.  Before joining the Group, I served as an investigator in the CFPB’s Consumer Response Division which is responsible for maintaining the CFPB’s Consumer Complaint Database.

In a new report on internal controls governing accuracy in the Database, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Federal Reserve found a number of ways that the CFPB’s management of the Database could be improved. … Continue Reading

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Fed and CFPB recently completed its review of the information system security controls for the CFPB’s Data Team (DT) Complaint Database.  The DT Complaint Database supports the CFPB’s Consumer Response System through which the CFPB collects and responds to consumer complaints and is the source of consumer complaint information published on the CFPB’s website.  … Continue Reading

The CFPB held a field hearing yesterday in El Paso, Texas, at which it described its proposal to expand the complaint data it publicly discloses in its Consumer Complaint Database to include consumer complaint narratives. We previously reported about the proposal, which was released by the CFPB before the hearing.

Director Cordray identified three main reasons why the CFPB believes it is important to expand the Database to include narratives.… Continue Reading

The CFPB  is proposing to expand the complaint data that it publicly discloses in its Consumer Complaint Database to include consumer complaint narratives.  

Currently, the CFPB’s Disclosure of Consumer Complaint Policy Statement provides that the complaint data fields the CFPB discloses in the database are limited to non-narrative fields such as the name of the company that is the subject of the complaint, the date the complaint was submitted to the CFPB and the date it was submitted to the company, the consumer’s zip code, the product type, the issue the consumer is complaining about by category, and whether or not the company provided relief.  … Continue Reading

 The CFPB has announced the creation of the “Repeat Offenders Against Military Database” (ROAM) to collect information on enforcement actions taken by federal and state officials against perpetrators of financial scams against the military community. According to the CFPB, ROAM is “the first database of its kind” and represents a joint effort with State Attorneys General and the Department of Defense.… Continue Reading