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Citation Edit

In the Matter of Trans Union Corp., F.T.C. No. 9255, 2000 WL 257766 (F.T.C. Feb. 10, 2000), petition for review denied, 245 F.3d 809 (D.C. Cir. 2001).

Factual Background Edit

The Federal Trade Commission alleged that the TransUnion Corporation, a nationwide credit bureau, was selling consumer reports in the form of target marketing lists to marketers who lack an authorized purpose under the Fair Credit Reporting Act of 1970 for receiving them. The company had been selling mailing lists of the names and addresses of consumers meeting certain credit-related criteria (such as having certain types of loans).

F.T.C. Proceedings Edit

The FTC found that the lists were consumer reports and that the lists therefore could not be sold for target marketing purposes.

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