Agencies Issue Proposed Rule on Affiliate Marketing Opt Outs: Regulation V
July 2, 2004
Circular No. 11618

To All Depository Institutions and Others Concerned in the Second Federal Reserve District:

In a joint press release, the financial institutions supervisory agencies issued proposed regulations that would give consumers the chance to “opt out” before a financial institution uses information provided by an affiliated company to market its products and services to consumers.

The proposed rulemaking would implement the affiliate marketing provisions in section 214 of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FCRA). The FCRA adds a new section 624 to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The proposal generally would prohibit an institution from using certain information about a consumer it receives from an affiliate to make a solicitation to the consumer unless the consumer has been given notice and an opportunity to opt out of the solicitation. An institution that has pre-existing business relationship with the consumer would not be subject to this marketing limitation. Nothing in the new affiliate marketing opt out supercedes or replaces the provisions in section 603 of the FCRA concerning the right to opt out of the sharing of information among affiliates, although there is some overlap between the two opt out requirements.

The proposal is issued by Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, National Credit Union Administration, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Office of Thrift Supervision. Agencies request comment on the proposed rulemaking within 30 days of its publication in the Federal Register, expected shortly.

Joint press release OFFSITE
Interagency notice OFFSITE PDF

Maryann Campbell
Supervising Examiner
Legal and Compliance Risk Department