2015 New Hampshire Revised Statutes
Title XXXI - TRADE AND COMMERCE
Chapter 359-B - CONSUMER CREDIT REPORTING
Section 359-B:3 - Definitions and Rules of Construction.
359-B:3 Definitions and Rules of Construction.
I. Definitions and rules of construction set forth in this section are applicable for the purposes of this chapter.
II. The term "person'' means any individual, partnership, corporation, trust, estate, cooperative, association, government or governmental subdivision or agency, or other entity.
III. The term "consumer'' means an individual.
IV. The term "consumer report'' means any written, oral, or other communication of any information by a consumer reporting agency bearing on a consumer's credit worthiness, credit standing, credit capacity, character, general reputation, personal characteristics, or mode of living which is used or expected to be used or collected in whole or in part for the purpose of serving as a factor in establishing the consumer's eligibility for (1) credit or insurance to be used primarily for personal, family, or household purposes, or (2) employment purposes, or (3) other purposes authorized under RSA 359-B:4. The term does not include (1) any report containing information solely as to transactions or experiences between the consumer and the person making the report; (2) any authorization or approval of a specific extension of credit directly or indirectly by the issuer of a credit card or similar device; or (3) any report in which a person who has been requested by a third party to make a specific extension of credit directly or indirectly to a consumer conveys his decision with respect to such request, if the third party advises the consumer of the name and address of the person to whom the request was made and such person makes the disclosures to the consumer required under RSA 359-B:15.
V. The term "investigative consumer report'' means a consumer report or portion thereof in which information on a consumer's character, general reputation, personal characteristics, or mode of living is obtained through personal interviews with neighbors, friends, or associates of the consumer reported on or with others with whom he is acquainted or who may have knowledge concerning any such items of information. However, such information shall not include specific factual information on a consumer's credit record obtained directly from a creditor of the consumer or from a consumer reporting agency when such information was obtained directly from a creditor of the consumer or from the consumer.
VI. The term "consumer reporting agency'' means any person which, for monetary fees, dues, or on a cooperative nonprofit basis, regularly engages in whole or in part in the practice of assembling or evaluating consumer credit information or other information on consumers for the purpose of furnishing consumer reports to third parties, and which uses any means or facility of interstate commerce for the purpose of preparing or furnishing consumer reports.
VII. The term "file'', when used in connection with information on any consumer, means all of the information on that consumer recorded, and retained by a consumer reporting agency regardless of how the information is stored.
VIII. The term "employment purposes'', when used in connection with a consumer report, means a report used for the purpose of evaluating a consumer for employment, promotion, reassignment or retention as an employee.
IX. The term "medical information'' means information or records obtained, with the consent of the individual to whom it relates, from licensed physicians or medical practitioners, hospitals, clinics, or other medical or medically related facilities.
X. "Firm offer of credit'' means any offer of credit to a consumer which will be honored if, based on information in a consumer report on the consumer and other information bearing on the creditworthiness of the consumer, the consumer is determined to meet the criteria used to select the consumer for the offer.
XI. "Pre-screening'' means a process by which a consumer reporting agency compiles or edits for a client a list of consumers who meet specific criteria and provides this list to the client or third party on behalf of the client for the purpose of making a firm offer of credit.
XII. "Direct solicitation'' means the process by which the consumer reporting agency compiles or edits for a client a list of consumers who meet specific criteria and provides the list to the client or a third party on behalf of the client for use in soliciting those consumers for an offer of a product or service.
Source. 1971, 430:1. 1994, 271:1, eff. Jan. 1, 1995.
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