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50-703. Permissible purposes of reports. A consumer reporting agency may furnish a consumer report under the following circumstances and no other:

(a) In response to the order of a court having jurisdiction to issue such an order;

(b) in accordance with the written instructions of the consumer to whom it relates; and

(c) to a person which it has reason to believe

(1) intends to use the information in connection with a credit transaction involving the consumer on whom the information is to be furnished and involving the extension of credit to, or review or collection of an account of, the consumer; or

(2) intends to use the information for employment purposes; or

(3) intends to use the information in connection with the underwriting of insurance involving the consumer; or

(4) intends to use the information in connection with a determination of the consumer's eligibility for a license or other benefit granted by a governmental instrumentality required by law to consider an applicant's financial responsibility or status; or

(5) otherwise has a legitimate business need for the information in connection with a business transaction involving the consumer.

History: L. 1973, ch. 85, § 138; January 1, 1974.

Attorney General's Opinions:

Fair credit reporting act—permissible uses of credit reports. 88-89.

Permissible purposes of credit reports; legitimate business need. 90-101.


1. Compliance with subpoena requiring retail credit information would not subject retail merchant to action for damages. Kansas Commission on Civil Rights v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 216 K. 306, 320, 532 P.2d 1263.

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