In a reversal from previously stated plans, a national mortgage database shared by two federal agencies may now include consumers’ personal information, including Social Security numbers. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued a joint press release in November 2012 stating that the shared database would not contain personally identifiable information and that “appropriate precautions will be taken by the agencies to ensure that individual consumers cannot be identified through the database.” According to an article in the Washington Examiner, the agencies “posted an April 16 Federal Register notice of an expansion of their joint National Mortgage Database Program to include personally identifiable information that reveals actual users.” For more, read the November 2012 joint press release from the CPFB and FHFA, and the Washington Examiner article.