Tenant screening software faces national reckoning

Source: Cyrus Farivar, NBC News

Marco Antonio Fernandez, returned home after a yearlong Navy deployment in South Korea and searched for an apartment.  Fernandez, whose national security work had already earned him a top-secret clearance, had little to worry about when he was asked to undergo a tenant screening — a process involving credit, criminal records and eviction checks. But the screening’s algorithm-based software rejected him for an apartment: It found he had a drug conviction and three misdemeanors for petty theft. That’s because it confused him with Marco Alberto Fernandez Santana, an alleged Mexican drug trafficker.

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