This blog is created with content straight from the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and a Member Advisory which all background screening companies should read.  The Member Advisory was posted last week and below are the key excerpts.

“First, we have noticed an increased number of full file disclosure requests being sent to and received by consumer reporting agencies. Many of these requests come directly from legal counsel. This is a good time to review your procedure in responding to file disclosure requests. Further, if you receive a request for a full file disclosure, particularly if it comes directly from the consumer’s legal counsel, exercise caution and consult with legal counsel prior to responding.

Second, NAPBS leadership met with a few members of the Federal Trade Commission last month in follow-up to our earlier meeting at the conclusion of the 2015 NAPBS Advocacy Day….[the FTC shared] with NAPBS that their primary area of focus currently is on “matching criteria.” Based on this feedback and confirmed area of focus for the FTC, NAPBS members would be well advised to review their policies/procedures related to matching a record’s identifiers to the subject of the report and to consult with legal counsel on same.

Finally, last week NAPBS became aware that a person joined the Association earlier this year and attended our annual conference in Austin, Texas, in an effort to obtain negative information pertaining to the screening profession. This new member proceeded to publish notes from the conference and slide decks on his website….”

On the last point, the website is The Expunged Record.  Click here to read the notes about the NAPBS conference.

If I don’t blog again before then, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Holidays!