Alert March 09, 2010

FTC Issues Free Credit Reporting Final Rule

The FTC issued a final rule that requires certain advertisements for “free credit reports” to include prominent disclosures to prevent confusion with federally-mandated free annual credit reports. The rule also prohibits credit reporting agencies from advertising other products or services to consumers seeking free credit reports until a consumer receives the free credit report, and further prohibits other practices that may interfere with the free credit report process. The rule becomes effective April 1, 2010, except for certain disclosure requirements, which take effect September 1, 2010. Click here for a copy of the rule.