[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 31 (Friday, February 14, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 8904-8905]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-03267]


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FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

12 CFR Part 216

[Docket No. R-1483]
RIN 7100 AE13


Privacy of Consumer Information (Regulation P)

AGENCY: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) 
is proposing to repeal its Regulation P, 12 CFR Part 216, which was 
issued to implement section 504 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB 
Act). Title X of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer 
Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) transferred rulemaking authority for a 
number of consumer financial protection laws from the Board, and six 
other Federal agencies, to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 
(Bureau), including rulemaking authority for the provisions in Subtitle 
A of Title V of the GLB Act that were implemented in the Board's 
Regulation P. In December 2011, the Bureau published an interim final 
rule establishing its own Regulation P to implement these provisions of 
the GLB Act (Bureau Interim Final Rule). The Bureau's Regulation P 
covers those entities previously subject to the Board's Regulation P. 
Accordingly, the Board is proposing to repeal its Regulation P.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 15, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. R-1483, by 
any of the following methods:
     Agency Web site: http://www.federalreserve.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments at http://www.federalreserve.gov/generalinfo/foia/ProposedRegs.cfm.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-Mail: regs.comments@federalreserve.gov. Include the 
docket number in the subject line of the message.
     Fax: (202) 452-3819 or (202) 452-3102.
     Mail: Robert deV. Frierson, Secretary, Board of Governors 
of the Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20551.
    All public comments are available from the Board's Web site at 
http://www.federalreserve.gov/generalinfo/foia/ProposedRegs.cfm as 
submitted, unless modified for technical reasons. Accordingly, your 
comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact 
information. Public comments may also be viewed electronically or in 
paper form in Room MP-500 of the Board's Martin Building (20th and C 
Streets NW) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kara L. Handzlik, Counsel, Legal 
Division, at (202) 452-3852, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve 
System, 20th and C Streets NW., Washington, DC 20551. For users of 
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) only, contact (202) 263-
4869.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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I. Discussion

    Subtitle A of Title V of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, 15 U.S.C. 
6801-6809, titled ``Disclosure of Nonpublic Personal Information,'' 
limits the circumstances in which a financial institution can disclose 
nonpublic personal information about a consumer to nonaffiliated third 
parties and requires financial institutions to provide certain privacy 
notices to their customers who are consumers. Prior to July 21, 2011, 
rulemaking authority under section 504 of the GLB Act was shared by 
eight Federal agencies, including the Board.\1\ Each of the agencies 
issued consistent and comparable rules to implement the GLB Act's 
privacy provisions; \2\ the Board implemented its rule as Regulation P, 
12 CFR Part 216.
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    \1\ The other Federal agencies included the Federal Deposit 
Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 
the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), the Office of the 
Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Office of Thrift Supervision 
(OTS), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
    \2\ The GLB Act's privacy provisions are set forth in sections 
502 and 503. 15 U.S.C. 6802-6803.
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    Section 1002(14) of the Dodd-Frank Act \3\ transferred rulemaking 
authority for a number of consumer financial protection laws, including 
the authority to prescribe regulations under GLB Act section 
504(a)(1)(A) as it pertains to sections 502 through 509 of the Act.\4\ 
This transfer of rulemaking authority from the Board and other Federal 
agencies to the Bureau became effective on July 21, 2011. In connection 
with the transfer, the Bureau published an interim final rule to 
establish its own Regulation P, 12 CFR Part 1016, to implement the 
privacy provisions of the GLB Act (Bureau Interim Final Rule).\5\ The 
Bureau Interim Final Rule substantially duplicates the Board's 
Regulation P and covers financial institutions and other persons for 
which the Bureau has rulemaking authority pursuant to section 
504(a)(1)(A) of the GLB Act. The Bureau Interim Final Rule does not 
impose any new substantive obligations on regulated entities.
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    \3\ 12 U.S.C. 5481(14). The Dodd-Frank Act, Public Law No. 111-
203, 124 Stat. 1376, was signed into law on July 21, 2010.
    \4\ The Dodd-Frank Act did not transfer the Board's authority 
under section 501(b) of the GLB Act to establish information 
security standards for financial institutions subject to its 
jurisdiction. 15 U.S.C. 6801(b). Therefore, the CFPB does not have 
authority to prescribe regulations for GLBA section 505 as it 
applies to section 501(b).
    \5\ 76 FR 79025 (Dec. 21, 2011).
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    The scope of the Board's Regulation P is set forth in Sec.  
216.1(b)(1) and states that the part applies to state member banks, 
bank holding companies and certain of their nonbank subsidiaries or 
affiliates, state uninsured branches and agencies of foreign banks, 
commercial lending companies owned or controlled by foreign banks, and 
Edge and agreement corporations. As a result, all of the entities 
formerly subject to the Board's rule are covered by the Bureau Interim 
Final Rule. Accordingly, the Board is proposing to repeal its 
Regulation P.

II. Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) (RFA) 
generally requires an agency to perform an assessment of the impact a 
rule is expected to have on small entities. Based on its analysis, and 
for the reasons stated below, the Board believes that this proposed 
rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities. A final regulatory flexibility analysis will 
be conducted after consideration of comments received during the public 
comment period.
    1. Statement of the need for, and objectives of, the proposed rule. 
As noted above, section 1002(14) of the Dodd-Frank Act transferred 
rulemaking authority for a number of consumer financial protection laws 
from the Board to the Bureau, effective July 21, 2011, including the 
Board's rulemaking authority under section 504(a)(1)(A) of the GLB Act. 
The Bureau issued the Bureau Interim Final Rule to implement the 
privacy provisions of the GLB Act in connection with the transfer of 
this rulemaking authority to the Bureau. All of the entities formerly 
subject to the Board's Regulation P are covered by the Bureau Interim 
Final Rule. Consequently, the Board's proposal to repeal the Board's 
Regulation P, 12 CFR Part 216, will not have any effect on entities 
that were formerly subject to the Board's rule.
    2. Small entities affected by the proposed rule. The proposed rule 
would repeal the Board's Regulation P, 12 CFR Part 216, because the 
Board no longer has rulewriting authority for the provisions of the GLB 
Act that were implemented in this regulation. All of the entities 
previously subject to the Board's Regulation P are now subject to the 
Bureau's Regulation P. Consequently, the proposed repeal would not 
affect any entity, including any small entity.
    3. Recordkeeping, reporting, and compliance requirements. The 
proposed rule would repeal the Board's Regulation P, 12 CFR Part 216, 
and would therefore not impose any recordkeeping, reporting, or 
compliance requirements on any entities. Existing requirements remain 
the same under the Bureau's Regulation P.
    4. Other federal rules. The Board is proposing to repeal its 
Regulation P (12 CFR Part 216) because of the Bureau's overlapping 
Regulation P (12 CFR Part 1016).
    5. Significant alternatives to the proposed revisions. Because the 
repeal of the Board's Regulation P (12 CFR Part 216) will have no 
impact, there are no significant alternatives that would further 
minimize the economic impact of the proposed rule on small entities.

III. Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 3506; 5 CFR 1320 Appendix A.1), the Board reviewed the rule 
under the authority delegated to the Federal Reserve by the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB). The proposed rule contains no requirements 
subject to the PRA.

List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 216

    Banks, banking, Consumer protection, Foreign banking, Holding 
companies, Privacy, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

Authority and Issuance

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, under 15 U.S.C. 6801 et 
seq, the Board proposes to amend Regulation P, 12 CFR Part 216, and the 
Official Staff Commentary, as set forth below:

PART 216--PRIVACY OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL INFORMATION (REGULATION P)

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1. Part 216 is removed and reserved.

    By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve 
System, February 10, 2014.
Robert deV. Frierson,
Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. 2014-03267 Filed 2-13-14; 8:45 am]
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