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United States Supreme Court has made a long-awaited ruling in the case of Spokeo, Inc. by Robins. In this case the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA") is applied to various on-line and socially profiled service providers. On its website, Spokeo runs a "people finder " which enables the user to look for information about other persons by name, e-mail or telephone number.
Pokeo sells its service to a wide range of customers, among them employer who want to rate potential people. Specifically, the claimant found that his spam information included imprecise information in his spam profiling and brought a collective lawsuit against the claimant claiming that it did not meet the standards of the German Football Association (FCRA), obliging the consumers' registration authorities to take appropriate measures to verify the correctness of the information they disclosed.
Annuling a ruling of the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court ruled that the claimant had failed to prove that he had sustained a particular and special infringement necessary to have the necessary position (locus standi) in federal collective redress proceedings. An important finding of that ruling is that the Supreme Gerichtshof held that Spokeo was qualified as a consumer notification authority within the meaning of the FCRA standards and that Spokeo did not apply adequate mechanisms to guarantee the greatest possible precision in breach of the FCRA (although the CFI found that the breach of the FCRA standards in this case did not cause substantive damage to the plaintiff).
The case confirms the importance of meeting the FCRA's needs in these cases (see in this customer update a report on the FTC's guidance on this issue).
This world is the new classroom: non-borrowing training abroad
non-borrowing abroad to cover a burgeoning US training abroad segment: Americans who are undergoing non-accredited training abroad (NCEA). Open Doors Report on International Exchange shows that 2013/14: 304,000 US pupils receive recognition for studying abroad. 19,000 of these young people were awarded recognition for work and practical training abroad.
According to the Open Doors report, in 2013/14 more than 22,000 foreign exchange student without credit points, internships and volunteering (WIVA) took part in the Open Doors® program. This is a new report that seeks to target this burgeoning sector of US overseas learning and provides higher learning resources to better identify and monitor the outside activity of their learners.
The report provides information on the wide range of NCEA activity and goals of U.S. students for the 2012/13 Academic Year and highlights students' interest in experimental study outside the conventional Class Scheme. Although there are genuine difficulties in gathering solid information on foreign based training, this is a phenomena that should not be ignored.
Universities must take an active interest in what their foreign counterparts are already doing, so that they are ready to gain experience abroad that meets the increasing demands.