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Source: Privacy Commissioner

An Office of the Privacy Commissioner inquiry has found the credit reporter illion (formerly known as Dun & Bradstreet) in breach of the Credit Reporting Privacy Code (the Code) because of the activities its related company Credit Simple performs through its arrangement with the credit reporter. The Code places obligations on credit reporters but also ensures related companies are subject to the same obligations under the Code as credit reporters. The Inquiry into illions Arrangement with its related company Credit Simple report found illion circumvented the application of the Code for marketing purposes. Using credit information for marketing purposes is expressly prohibited under the Code unless the marketing activity falls within the permitted range. The Code puts limits on arrangements with related companies to restrict the use of credit information in marketing activities.