Oversight Hearing On Financial Privacy and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Services Modernization Act


ongress knew that the 1999 Gramm-Leach Bliley Financial Services Modernization Act (GLBA) - a law long-sought by the financial industry to encourage the creation of integrated financial services firms -- would exacerbate already-identified financial privacy threats. So  Congress incorporated Title V to protect financial privacy, which included the following five key provisions. The most important and most successful is the last: the fail-safe states' rights provision allowing states to enact stronger financial privacy laws.

Opt Out Sample of Sharing Financial Information Letter



[Date]

[Your address]

[Name of company]

[Company's address as shown in the privacy notice]

RE: Opt-Out Instructions for Account #______________

Dear [name if given in the privacy notice]:

Following are my instructions with regard to your information sharing and sales policies:

1. You do not have my permission to share my personally identifiable information with
nonaffiliated third party companies or individuals. I am asserting my rights under the

Protecting Financial Privacy: The Burden Is on You


Fact Sheet 24Protecting Financial Privacy:
The Burden Is on You

Financial Privacy: How to Read Your "Opt-Out" Notices


Fact Sheet 24aFinancial Privacy:
How to Read Your "Opt-Out" Notices

Sample Opt-Out Letters


Fact Sheet 24a AddendumSample Opt-Out Letters

Short Form Opt Out Letter


Fact Sheet 24a AddendumShort Form Opt Out Letter

Financial Privacy FAQ


Fact Sheet 24dFinancial Privacy FAQ

Is Your Financial Information Safe?


Fact Sheet 24eIs Your Financial Information Safe?

Interagency Proposal for Model Privacy Form under the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act


The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC)1 is pleased to comment on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR)2 to simplify the consumer disclosures required by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (“GLB”). With only a few minor suggestions, the PRC endorses and fully supports the model form adopted by the agencies. We direct our comments as follows:

Comments on FACTA Disposal Rule, RIN 3064-AC77: Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records


Irresponsible handling of sensitive consumer data has long been cited as a contributing factor to identity theft. A practice known as "dumpster diving" is often claimed by thieves themselves as the source of the data that allowed them to commit the crime. Sensitive data discarded by a financial institution provides a prime opportunity for a crook to access another's personal data.

By enacting §216 requiring proper disposal of consumer information, Congress has given the public one of the strongest tools yet in combating the growing crime of identity theft. It is now up to the financial regulators and the FTC to carry out Congress' intent by adopting strong regulations to ensure identity theft is no longer fed by careless and irresponsible disposal of confidential consumer data.

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