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The Law and Consumer Credit Information in the European Community

The Regulation of Credit Information Systems

Authors: Federico Ferretti Publisher: Taylor and Francis Publication date: 2008 Publication language: Angielski Number of pages: 263 Publication formats: EAN: 9781134044498 DOI: 10.4324/9780203895603 ISBN: 9781134044498 Category: Banking Publisher's index: 9780203895603 Bibliographic note: -


Consumer credit information systems are the tools used by the majority of lenders to manage credit risk, with lenders accessing credit reference databases managed by third party providers to evaluate a consumer’s credit application. So far, the subject of consumer credit reporting has been left to the predominant attention of the economic and business management scholarship and little or no consideration has been paid by lawyers. This book aims to rectify this by examining the legal framework and compliance in the European Community (EC) of such consumer information sharing arrangements which have become increasingly integrated in the credit granting practices of the Member States.

The book looks at the laws which surround and affect consumer credit reporting, including bank secrecy obligations. Consumer credit reporting and its relationship to human rights is also explored, as every individual is in the EC is entitled to informational privacy. The book asks questions such as to what extent should the privacy of consumers be balanced against the aims and functions of consumer credit reporting, and how do the financial information sharing arrangements comply with the positive law, particularly the European data protection legislation?


  • Book Cover 2
  • Title 5
  • Copyright 6
  • Contents 9
  • Table of Cases 13
  • Table of Legislation 15
  • Abbreviations 17
  • Acknowledgements 19
  • Introduction 21
  • 1 Consumer credit reporting in the economy: What is consumer credit reporting, and why is it used? 29
  • 2 The lack of a legal perspective 51
  • 3 Historical background: the cultural framework A lesson from history? 69
  • 4 The institutional and legal standing in the EC: Is the EC missing a chance? 97
  • 5 Reputation, privacy and the law: What rights and interests are at stake and to what extent are these conflicting? 149
  • 6 Legal compliance: What are the legal mechanisms upon which consumer credit reporting needs to rely? 171
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Author's affiliation

Federico Ferretti: Brunel University, UK