CFPB ENCOURAGES STANDARDIZED CREDIT REPORTING FOR “BUY NOW, PAY LATER”

CFPB ENCOURAGES STANDARDIZED CREDIT REPORTING FOR “BUY NOW, PAY LATER”

In a recent blog post, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) returned to the topic of Buy Now, Pay Later (“BNPL”) to encourage standardized credit reporting of BNPL lines. BNPL programs typically involve short-term, no-interest consumer credit offered at the point of sale, online and occasionally in brick-and-mortar stores. In December 2021, the CFPB announced an inquiry into BNPL, issuing orders to five major BNPL companies requesting information regarding the risks and benefits of their programs. See our ALERT of Dec. 17, 2021. The inquiry named the accumulation of debt as an area of focus, targeting a concern that lack of credit reporting heightens the potential for people to accumulate debt by making multiple BNPL purchases with multiple companies. Read More