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Advisory Opinion on Name-Only Matching

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection is issuing this Advisory Opinion to highlight that a consumer reporting agency that uses inadequate matching procedures to match information to consumers, including name-only matching (i.e., matching information to the particular consumer who is the subject of a consumer report based solely on whether the consumer’s first and last names are identical or similar to the names associated with the information), in preparing consumer reports is not using reasonable procedures to assure maximum possible accuracy under section 607(b) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Advisory Opinion

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