TU ADMITS MIXED FILES: PORTER V. TU, ED MICH.

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David A. Szwak

TU ADMITS MIXED FILES: PORTER V. TU, ED MICH.

Postby David A. Szwak » Tue Nov 08, 2005 9:14 am

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1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
IN AND FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
2 Southern Division
3
WENDY PORTER,
4
Plaintiff,
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v. Civil Action No.
6 02-73673
TRANS UNION, LLC, JUDGE BORMAN
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Defendant.
8
9 The videotaped deposition of LYNN S.
10 ROMANOWSKI, called by the plaintiff for examination,
11 pursuant to notice, and pursuant to the Rules of
12 Civil Procedure for the United States District
13 Courts, taken before Cheryl A. Goetsch, CSR and
14 Notary Public in and for the County of DuPage and
15 State of Illinois, on October 22, 2003, at
16 2:39 p.m., at 25 East Washington Street, Suite 1805,
17 Chicago, Illinois.
18

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6 BY MR. Szwak:
7 Q Okay. I'm asking you about whether or not
8 TransUnion archives copies of credit report files
9 that it publishes to any third person other than the
10 consumer themselves in the disclosure.
11 A Yes.
12 Q And when does that happen?
13 A It happens on a daily basis.
14 Q But would it be accurate to say that each
15 time a subscriber makes an inquiry that a snapshot
16 of that report is archived?
17 A Yes.
18 Q And how long has that been going on at
19 TransUnion?
20 A Probably for a few years.
21 Q Has it been going on more than five years?
22 A I'm not sure if it's been five years or
23 within the past five years.
24 Q Okay. Now, is it also accurate to say that

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1 TransUnion snapshots periodically, meaning once a
2 month, copies of every data file in its system?
3 A Yes, it does.
4 Q Okay. And those have been -- I don't
5 know -- I'm going to ask you in a moment what --
6 what you call them. But as I understand it, these
7 are periodic name scans, or do you have some other
8 term that you use for them?
9 A I usually refer to them as name scans or
10 monthly backup copies.

11 Q Okay. And that would be part of your --
12 your standard computer backup routine at your
13 company?
14 A I believe so.
15 Q In essence, if the -- if something happened
16 with a computer, you would need a backup of the data
17 files in order to recreate some portion or perhaps
18 the whole system?
19 A I can't verify whether or not that's the
20 reason why those tapes exist.
21 Q Now, in this case I'm -- I'm gathering you
22 have some understanding of -- of the plaintiff's
23 complaint in this case?
24 A Yes.

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1 Q What is your understanding of what
2 Ms. Porter is complaining about?
3 A That in response to her inquiry an
4 additional file for William is also being reported.
5 Q Okay. And did you find that her complaint
6 was legitimate? In essence, was that occurring, or
7 was that not occurring?
8 A According to the form -- Exhibit 2 that I'm
9 seeing in front of me, if this is the actual credit
10 report, then, yes, it does appear that that is --
11 that occurred.

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