Comments Requested on Model Privacy Notice
March 21, 2007
Circular No. 11850

Federal regulators have released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) requesting comment on a model privacy form that financial institutions can use for their privacy notices to consumers required by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. The privacy notices must describe an institution's information sharing practices, and, for certain types of sharing, consumers have the right to opt out. The notices must be provided when a consumer first becomes a customer of a financial institution and then annually for as long as the customer relationship lasts.

The NPR was developed jointly by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Trade Commission, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Office of Thrift Supervision and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The NPR seeks comment on all aspects of the model form, including its content and format and whether it provides sufficient flexibility for financial institutions to disclose their sharing practices accurately.

Comments are due 60 days after their publication in the Federal Register, which is expected in late March.

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