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Government: Broker sold consumer data that wrongly identified people as possible sex offenders

WASHINGTON - It's tough enough landing a job these days.

So imagine if that background check provided to your potential employer wrongly identified you as a possible sex offender.

That's what the Federal Trade Commission says happened in a case it's settling with InfoTrack Information Services of Deerfield, Ill. The company provides employment background screening services.

The commission says InfoTrack gave inaccurate information suggesting that job applicants potentially were registered sex offenders.

The civil penalty against InfoTrack calls for a $1 million payment. But everything except $60,000 is suspended for inability to pay.

The FTC also announced that Instant Checkmate of San Diego has agreed to settle charges it failed to verify the identity of people purchasing background reports that were marketed to landlords and employers.

The Canadian Press

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