4th Circ. Is Warned Of Internet 'Open Season' In FCRA Appeal

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By Jon Hill (May 3, 2022, 10:37 PM EDT) — An online aggregator of public records sought Tuesday to persuade a skeptical Fourth Circuit panel that it’s entitled to the same liability protections as social media giants, arguing that an effort to revive a credit reporting class action against it risks setting a “truly dangerous” precedent for the internet.

At oral arguments, members of the three-judge panel were warned of high stakes as they consider an appeal from a trio of consumers who are challenging the application of so-called Section 230 immunity to PublicData.com, which sells access to databases of government records it compiles.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act…

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