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Consumer Reports Asks, What Do They Have on You?
Thursday, February 26, 2015 6:35 AM

Credit reports can reveal your members' borrowing and payment histories, but are they—and you—aware of the dozens of other "specialty" consumer reports that track everything from rental history to prescription purchases? These reports can affect their ability to write checks or obtain insurance coverage, a job, a cellphone, or even a place to live. 

Just in time for National Consumer Protection Week (March 1-7), the latest issue of Consumer Action News not only serves as a primer on specialty reports, but also delves deeper to inform consumers about the types of information being collected and how it's being used, when it makes sense to order their own reports, what they can do if a report is keeping them from getting a bank account, their rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and more. The newsletter is available as a free PDF download.

The newsletter also contains links to a new Insider’s Guide to Specialty Consumer Reports, a free 27-page guide to obtaining, understanding and managing credit information, and their Directory of Specialty Consumer Reporting Agencies, an at-a-glance listing of reporting agencies, contact information, and report ordering and dispute instructions. Both resources are available as free PDF downloads.

Consumer Action offers other materials related to specialty reports: