Topics Archives: Information Policy

Data Flows, Technology, and the Need for National Privacy Legislation

Does being a victim of a data breach increase the risk of identity theft? In this first-of-its-kind joint-study with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Technology Engagement Center, which we hope will contribute to informed and evidence-based federal preemptive privacy legislation, no evidence is found that data breaches lead to increased consumer harm.

Data Protection and Credit Information Sharing

This white paper discusses different data protection regimes and argues that whether a system is considered siloed or omnibus what really matters (in a practical sense) are the details and whether there is sufficient regulatory flexibility to account for “on the ground” realities. Credit information sharing is a focus of the white paper.

Changing the Lending Landscape: Credit Deserts, the Credit Invisible, and Data Gaps in Silicon Valley

This report presents findings from the pilot effort of the Credit Deserts Project, which aims to map the incidence of Credit Invisibility, in which consumers have credit reports with no or insufficient data with which to generate a traditional credit score. Previous research suggests that Credit Invisibles disproportionately live in lower income areas of communities and help form what we call Credit Deserts.

Personalized Credit Education: Consumer and Small Business Owner Attitudes, Impacts and Impediments

This study is the final report on research that examines resulting credit score changes and consumer attitudes following the use of personalized credit education sessions by study participants. The credit education service examined is offered by a national credit bureau. Such services (offered by for-profit non-lender/non-creditor entities) are covered and inhibited by CROA.

Summary of A Reexamination of Who Gains and Who Loses from Credit Card Payments

This report is a summary of A Reexamination of Who Wins and Who Loses from Credit Card Payments, which provides an in-depth analysis and reexamination of the theory explored by authors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in 2010 that credit cards and credit card rewards programs lead to a regressive transfer of merchant costs at the point of sale. It examines how sensitive the Boston Fed staff report findings are to variations in the underlying assumptions and modifications to the accounting framework used.

A Reexamination of Who Gains and Who Loses from Credit Card Payments

This report provides an in-depth analysis and reexamination of the theory explored by authors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in 2010 that credit cards and credit card rewards programs lead to a regressive transfer of merchant costs at the point of sale. It examines how sensitive the Boston Fed staff report findings are to variations in the underlying assumptions and modifications to the accounting framework used.