The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a federal law designed to protect the integrity and privacy of your credit information. The FCRA does this by imposing rules on how a credit reporting agency (CRA) can report information about your credit. It also imposes restrictions, and obligations, on the creditors and others (called the furnishers) that provide information about you to the CRAs.
It's important to understand what the FCRA requires and prohibits so that you can ensure that your credit report is accurate. It's equally important to know what you can do if a CRA or a creditor violates your rights under the FCRA.
What Is the Fair Credit Reporting Act?
Get the basics on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA
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Impermissible Credit Report Use
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Most Common Violations of the FCRA
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If a credit bureau, creditor, or someone else violates the Fair Credit Reporting Act, you can sue and get damages.