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Privacy of Consumer Financial Information

Federal Register, March 1, 2000, Page 11174


Federal Trade Commission


Notice of proposed rulemaking.


In this document, the Federal Trade Commission (the ``Commission'' or ``FTC'') issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that is required by Section 504(a) of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, (the ``G-L-B Act'' or ``Act'') with respect to financial institutions and other persons under the Commission's jurisdiction, as set forth in Section 505(a)(7) of the Act. The Commission requests comment on this proposed privacy Rule. Section 504 of the Act requires the Commission and other federal agencies to issue regulations implementing notice requirements and restrictions on a financial institution's ability to disclose nonpublic personal information about consumers to nonaffiliated third parties. Pursuant to Section 503 of the G-L-B Act, a financial institution must provide its customers with a notice of its privacy policies and practices. Section 502 of the Act prohibits a financial institution from disclosing nonpublic personal information about a consumer to nonaffiliated third parties unless the institution satisfies various disclosure requirements and the consumer has not elected to opt out of the disclosure. This proposed Rule would implement the requirements outlined above.


Comments must be received on or before March 31, 2000.


Written comments should be addressed to: Secretary, Federal Trade Commission, Room H-159, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580. Alternatively, the Commission will accept comments submitted to the following E-mail address:

Further Information

Kellie A. Cosgrove or Clarke Brinckerhoff, Attorneys, Division of Financial Practices, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC 20580, 202-326-3224.