Last Call for 5/18/22 – A Prime Time Read of What’s Happening in Florida Politics

Last Call – A prime-time reading of what’s happening in Florida politics.

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Financial director Jimmy Patronis wants Floridians to know that credit bureaus can sell their data to lenders without their consent.

Patronis said credit reporting agencies sell “trigger leads,” whereby lenders buy lists of consumer data that have the characteristics the lender is looking for.

When consumers apply for loans and their credit is run, their information can then be sold to lenders who can use it to make unsolicited loan offers. Recent reports indicate that some lenders are mistaking who they are when soliciting consumers, raising red flags for potential identity theft.

“Not only does this create a market for unwanted telemarketing calls, but it also puts consumer data at risk and exposes personal financial information to fraud and identity theft. Florida consumers should beware of this practice and learn tips to prevent your data from being sold against their will to the highest bidder,” he said.

Patronis added that it had sent a letter to the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Rohit Chopra and the three major credit reporting agencies to express concern about “trigger trails” and to demand that consumers be given the option to opt out of the sale of their data, which “would create a much easier path for consumers to opt out than to require them to call a credit bureau or go to an opt-out website.

In the meantime, Patronis has recommended that consumers opt out manually by visiting or calling 1-888-5-OPTOUT (888-567-8688). Consumers can also freeze their credit so lenders they don’t do business with can’t see their information. Listing in the National Do Not Call Registry could also reduce the number of telemarketing calls.

Evening readings

—““Beware of what you wish for”: 5 takeaways from a key primary eveningvia POLITICO’s David Siders

—“The Trillion Dollar Storm: How a Single Hurricane Could Blow Up the Global Economyvia Geoff Dembicki of Vice

—“Governor Ron DeSantis’ office reviewed bill to target defamation laws, records showvia Skyler Swisher of the Orlando Sentinel

—“The Florida Constitution Protects the Right to Abortion — But Maybe Not for Longvia Michael Moline of the Florida Phoenix

—“A Republican congressional candidate in Florida paid her home energy bill using campaign funds, potentially breaking federal lawvia Business Insider’s Kimberly Leonard

—“Policy changes approved by state insurance commissioner violate rights of policyholders, lawsuit saysvia Ron Hurtibise of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

—“New National Poll Shows Rick Scott Is Unpopular Across Demographicsvia A.G. Gancarski of Florida Politics

—“Ex-U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s plea deal settles indictment that ended her congressional careervia Steve Patterson of the Florida Times-Union

—“Miami-Dade home rental costs are skyrocketing. The seaside area is in the lead with a 115% peak over 2 years.via Rebecca San Juan of the Miami Herald

—“Florida rents are high, but Charlie Crist is exaggerating with the New York market comparisonvia Yacob Reyes of PolitiFact

—“What the primaries reveal about the future of Trumpismvia Ronald Brownstein of The Atlantic

—“A weekend of violence punctuates generations of hatredvia Robin Givhan of The Washington Post

quote of the day

“Frankly, (Jo) Biden should be an honorary member of the Mexican drug cartels because no one has done more to help the cartels than Biden with his open border policy.

— Govt. Ron DeSantiscriticizing the president’s border policy.

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