Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Debt collectors use social media for skip tracing; is this legal per FDCPA?

“Atlanta Business Litigation lawyers” has an interesting article on the use of social media (including Facebook) by debt collectors for skip tracing to find debtors.

The complete article, by Stokes Lazarus and Carmichael LLP, is here

The Federal Trade Commission recently held a hearing on the use of social media in debt collection soon. There was a concern that social media could easily misidentify debtors.

The FDCPA was written long before social media, public search engines and blogs, all accessible at home, existed. 

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