- Trigger list
Trigger list in its most general meaning refers to a list whose items are used to initiate ("trigger") certain actions.
United States: Private financial information
United States, when a person applies for a mortgage loan, the lendermakes a credit inquiry about the potential borrower from the national credit bureaus, Equifax, Experianand TransUnion. Unless the borrower is opted out, the credit bureaus put the applicants onto a "trigger list" of "leads" about persons who are interested in new loans. These lists are sold to numerous lenders all over the United States, and soon after the application the applicant starts receiving offers from all parts of the country. The trigger lists contain a significant amount of personal financial information. [ [http://realtytimes.com/rtcpages/20060911_mortgageapps.htm Home Mortgage Applications "Trigger" Sales of Private Financial Information] ] Among the buyers of trigger lists are "lead generators" which resell filtered information to borrowers, e.g., of people who live in a certain area and have a certain credit score.
Federal Trade Commissionconsiders the market of "trigger lists" to be a legal business, many people and organizations (such as the National Association of Mortgage Brokers) consider this a serious breach of privacy and lobby for putting this practice under regulatory controls.
As of now, American consumers may
opt-outfrom "trigger lists" by calling 888-567-8688.Fact|date=April 2008
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