Consumers Have the Right to Obtain a Security Freeze - A Creative Services, Inc. Compliance Corner Article

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Consumers Have the Right to Obtain a Security Freeze

09.06.18

Congress recently passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, which has several provisions that go into effect September 21, 2018. One of the provisions states that a notice of rights regarding a credit freeze must be provided to a consumer every time the consumer is required to receive a summary of rights under section 609 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

As a result of this new law, effective September 17, 2018, Creative Services, Inc. (CSI) will incorporate the Notice of Rights that Consumers Have the Right to Obtain a Security Freeze in every consumer report following the Summary of Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

There is talk that the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (formerly the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) may incorporate the Security Freeze notice into the existing FCRA Summary of Rights. CSI will keep you informed of any changes to the notices referenced. 

The new consumer security freeze Notice of Rights is outlined below. 

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NOTICE OF RIGHTS - CONSUMERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO OBTAIN A SECURITY FREEZE
You have a right to place a ‘security freeze’ on your credit report, which will prohibit a consumer reporting agency from releasing information in your credit report without your express authorization. The security freeze is designed to prevent credit, loans, and services from being approved in your name without your consent. However, you should be aware that using a security freeze to take control over who gets access to the personal and financial information in your credit report may delay, interfere with, or prohibit the timely approval of any subsequent request or application you make regarding a new loan, credit, mortgage, or any other account involving the extension of credit.

As an alternative to a security freeze, you have the right to place an initial or extended fraud alert on your credit file at no cost. An initial fraud alert is a 1-year alert that is placed on a consumer’s credit file. Upon seeing a fraud alert display on a consumer’s credit file, a business is required to take steps to verify the consumer’s identity before extending new credit. If you are a victim of identity theft, you are entitled to an extended fraud alert, which is a fraud alert lasting 7 years.

A security freeze does not apply to a person or entity, or its affiliates, or collection agencies acting on behalf of the person or entity, with which you have an existing account that requests information in your credit report for the purposes of reviewing or collecting the account. Reviewing the account includes activities related to account maintenance, monitoring, credit line increases, and account upgrades and enhancements.

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