Bloomberg Law: Privacy & Data Security brings you single-source access to the expertise of Bloomberg Law’s privacy and data security editorial team, contributing practitioners,...
The House passed a measure (H.R. 749) March 12 by voice vote that is favored by banks because it would let them skip sending annual privacy notices to customers unless the disclosures changed from the prior year.
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) sponsored the bill and expressed confidence in a March 12 statement that the Senate would “embrace this legislation.”
Luetkemeyer reintroduced the Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act in February. The measure passed the chamber during the 112th Congress's lame-duck session at the end of 2012 (11 PVLR 1809, 12/17/12) but never received a vote in the Senate.
Banking and credit union industry groups have supported the measure, saying it would cut costs and eliminate consumer confusion. “For the second time, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in the House of Representatives have supported this commonsense legislation that would eliminate unnecessary, costly, confusing and often ignored mailings that clog up people's mailboxes,” Luetkemeyer said.
“This bill will reduce costs passed onto the customers of banks and credit unions and will make it more likely that people will pay closer attention to important mailings they receive from their financial institutions,” he said.
The proposal would relieve community banks and other financial institutions from unnecessary paperwork, the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) said in a March 12 statement. The group called on the Senate to quickly pass the measure.
“Requiring community banks to mail annual notices to customers when their policies have not changed provides no useful information to consumers and represents an unproductive and burdensome annual expense for financial institutions,” ICBA President and CEO Camden R. Fine said.
“H.R. 749 will help save us a lot of time and resources, not to mention a few trees, that can be better used to serve Main Street customers.”
Full text of H.R. 749, as passed by the House, is available at http://op.bna.com/bar.nsf/r?Open=jtin-95srfp.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)