Real Estate Services Company Settles Privacy and Security Charge

Company Tossed Consumers' Confidential Information in Dumpster; Company Computers Were Hacked

A title company that promised consumers it maintained "physical, electronic and procedural safeguards" to protect their confidential financial information, but tossed consumer home loan applications in an open dumpster, agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its inadequate storage and disposal procedures for sensitive consumer information violated federal laws. The settlement with Nations Title Agency, Inc., Nations Holding Company, and Christopher M. Likens bars deceptive claims about privacy and security policies, and requires that they implement a comprehensive information security program and obtain audits by an independent third-party security professional every other year for 20 years.
NHC, based in Kansas City, Kansas, is a privately held holding company that provides real estate services in 44 states. Its subsidiary, NTA, provides a variety of services in connection with financing home purchases and refinancing existing home mortgages. Likens is the president and sole owner of NHC and its subsidiaries.

Reprinted from the May 10, 2006 article on the Federal Trace Commission site. For the complete article, go to http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2006/05/nationstitle.htm

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