3 strategies for lenders to mitigate internal threats to consumer data security

With the enactment of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 and the barrage of copycat legislation in other states, there has been significant focus on consumer data and privacy issues from the vantagepoint of the consumer: what information is collected and how consumers can direct companies what to do — or not do — with that information. While the discussion has largely […]
  • Susan Chylik
  • September 4, 2019
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What a new Nevada spousal credit law means for lenders

Nevada recently amended its Equal Opportunity for Credit statute to give special rights to credit applicants who do not have individual credit histories because their accounts were established in their spouses’ names. (See Nevada SB311, effective October 1, 2019). The Nevada law applies to a creditor offering any credit product in Nevada, including a finance […]
  • Candy Burnette
  • August 28, 2019
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Court decision muddles proposed FDCPA rule

A ruling from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals could complicate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed guidelines for the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act as it relates to electronic validation notices, Chris Willis, a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, told Auto Finance Excellence. “[The decision] is throwing a fly in the CFPB’s ointment for […]
  • Joey Pizzolato
  • August 16, 2019
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5 lessons to learn from software vendor data breach

According to a June 12 settlement announced by the Federal Trade Commission, back in 2015 an employee of Iowa-based LightYear Dealer Technologies, the parent company of DealerBuilt, plugged a storage device into the company’s backup network to increase storage capacity. However, the employee failed to ensure that the device was securely configured, thereby providing an […]
  • Drew Patty
  • August 9, 2019
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House Financial Services Committee urges oversight of alt-data

The use of alternative data by lenders could expand access to credit to more than 40 million consumers. Likewise, banks and credit unions are using alternative data to fight fraud and provide faster access to funds. However, regulatory uncertainty surrounds the use of alternative data in making lending decisions, according to the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services’ Task Force on Financial Technology. […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • July 25, 2019
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Compliance considerations when buying and selling customer leads

As an auto lender, you’re likely aware of the due diligence required when purchasing consumer leads. Lenders must exercise the same diligence when referring — or selling — declined leads downstream. Purchasing customer leads via referral programs has adapted as technology has allowed online lenders to communicate instantaneously with potential customers. Due to the nature […]
  • Dustin Alonzo
  • July 19, 2019
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CFPB outlines auto finance plans

While the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau focused supervisory and enforcement activity last year on mortgage lending, small business lending and student loan servicing, it hasn’t forgotten about the auto finance industry, according to the agency’s 2018 Fair Lending Report to Congress. The CFPB intends to zero in on “whether there is discrimination in policies and […]
  • Joey Pizzolato
  • July 10, 2019
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How lenders can maximize loan deferral and extension compliance

In February, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York issued its Quarterly Report on Household Credit and Debt, which showed a record seven million Americans were 90 days past due on their auto loan payments at the end of 2018. “That is more than a million more troubled borrowers than there had been at the […]
  • Adair Kingsmill
  • June 25, 2019
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CFPB Supervisory Highlights Provide Guidance on Deficiency Balances and Rebates

Under Richard Cordray’s Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), it was “compliance malpractice” not to take heed of the Bureau’s enforcement actions when determining how to comply with federal consumer finance laws. Both Acting Director Mick Mulvaney and current CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger have stated that the Bureau will no longer engage in such “regulation by […]
  • Peter Cockrell
  • June 18, 2019
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