[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 40 (Friday, February 28, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 11361-11362]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-04433]


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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

17 CFR Parts 200, 229, 230, 232, 239, 240, 243, and 249

[Release Nos. 33-9552; 34-71611; File No. S7-08-10]
RIN 3235-AK37


Re-Opening of Comment Period for Asset-Backed Securities Release

AGENCY: Securities and Exchange Commission

ACTION: Re-opening of comment period.

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SUMMARY: The Securities and Exchange Commission is re-opening the 
comment period on two releases, Asset-Backed Securities, Securities Act 
Release No. 33-9117 (Apr. 7, 2010), 75 FR 23328 (the ``2010 ABS 
Proposing Release'') and Re-Proposal of Shelf Eligibility Conditions 
for Asset-Backed Securities, Securities Act Release No. 33-9244 (July 
26, 2011), 76 FR 47948 (the ``2011 ABS Re-Proposing Release''). The

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Commission is re-opening the comment period to permit interested 
persons to comment on an approach for the dissemination of potentially 
sensitive asset-level data. This approach is discussed in a staff 
memorandum included in the public comment file.

DATES: Comments should be received on or before March 28, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/proposed.shtml); or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number S7-08-10 on the subject line; or
     Use the Federal eRulemaking Portal (http://www.regulations.gov). Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments to Secretary, Securities and Exchange 
Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
    All submissions should refer to File Number S7-08-10. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help 
us process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only 
one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission's 
Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/proposed.shtml). Comments 
are also available for Web site viewing and printing in the 
Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 
20549 on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 
3:00 p.m. All comments received will be posted without change; we do 
not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make available publicly.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rolaine S. Bancroft, Senior Special 
Counsel or Robert Errett, Special Counsel, in the Office of Structured 
Finance at (202) 551-3850, Division of Corporation Finance, U.S. 
Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 
20549-3628.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In 2010, the Commission proposed changes to 
the offering, disclosure, and reporting requirements for asset-backed 
securities (``ABS'').\1\ Among other things, the Commission proposed to 
require that, with some exceptions, prospectuses for public offerings 
of asset-backed securities and ongoing Exchange Act reports contain 
specified asset-level information about each of the assets in the pool 
in a standardized tagged data format. The 2010 ABS Proposing Release 
was published for comment in the Federal Register on May 3, 2010, and 
the initial comment period closed on August 2, 2010.
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    \1\ See Asset-Backed Securities, Release No. 33-9117 (Apr. 7, 
2010) [75 FR 23328] (the ``2010 ABS Proposing Release'').
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    In July 2010, subsequent to the publication of the 2010 ABS 
Proposing Release, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform 
and Consumer Protection Act (the ``Dodd-Frank Act''), which required 
the Commission to prescribe several ABS-related rules. Some of the 
mandated rules were reflected in the 2010 ABS Proposing Release, while 
others were not. After considering the additional Dodd-Frank Act 
requirements, and considering comments received in connection with the 
2010 ABS Proposing Release, the Commission re-proposed portions of the 
2010 ABS Proposing Release in July 2011 seeking additional comment on 
asset-level disclosure provisions, and comment on Section 942(b) of the 
Dodd-Frank Act, which requires the Commission to adopt regulations to 
require asset-level information.\2\ The 2011 ABS Re-Proposing Release 
was published for comment in the Federal Register on August 5, 2011, 
and the initial comment period closed on October 4, 2011.
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    \2\ See Re-Proposal of Shelf Eligibility Conditions for Asset-
Backed Securities, Release No. 33-9244 (July 26, 2011) [76 FR 47948] 
(the ``2011 ABS Re-Proposing Release'').
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    We received comments in response to the proposals and requests for 
comment recommending that, among other things, because certain 
potentially sensitive data would form part of the required asset-level 
disclosures, the asset-level information be provided by means other 
than public dissemination on EDGAR.\3\ For example, we received 
comments suggesting that information that may raise individual privacy 
concerns could be provided to investors through a limited-access Web 
site rather than through public dissemination of this information on 
EDGAR.\4\
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    \3\ See letters from Ally Financial Inc. et al dated Aug. 2, 
2010 submitted in response to the 2010 ABS Proposing Release, Ally 
Financial Inc. et al dated Oct. 13, 2011 submitted in response to 
the 2011 ABS Re-Proposing Release, and Ally Financial Inc. et al 
dated Aug. 3, 2012 submitted in response to the 2011 ABS Re-
Proposing Release (``VABSS IV'') (urging the Commission ``to 
consider whether loan-level data (or even grouped data) needs to be 
made publicly available or could be made available to investors and 
other legitimate users in a more limited manner, such as through a 
limited access Web site''). See also letters from Consumer Data 
Industry Association dated Aug. 2, 2010 submitted in response to the 
2010 ABS Proposing Release (suggesting that the Commission require 
parties that want to access the data on EDGAR register to use the 
data, acknowledge the sensitive nature of the data and agree to 
maintain its confidentiality) and Epicurus Institute dated Aug. 1, 
2010 submitted in response to the 2010 ABS Proposing Release 
(stating that they believe ``that the prospectus should contain a 
hypertext link (with instructions for accessing a Web site to obtain 
the data) . . . [and only] prospective investors should have 
traceable access to the data, and that they never have the 
opportunity to download . . . raw data in any format'').
    \4\ See, e.g., letter from VABSS IV.
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    The staff has prepared a memorandum summarizing additional 
information about the use of Web sites in the ABS market as a means to 
disseminate asset-level and other offering information.\5\ The 
memorandum describes one potential method to address privacy concerns 
related to the dissemination of potentially sensitive asset-level data. 
This method would require issuers to make asset-level information 
available to investors and potential investors through a Web site that 
would allow issuers to restrict access to information as necessary to 
address privacy concerns. The Commission is considering this method and 
therefore re-opening the comment period to permit interested parties to 
comment on the staff memorandum, which has been included in the comment 
file, addressing these issues. The comment period will be re-opened for 
thirty days to allow comment on all aspects of the approach, including 
the benefits and costs of and reasonable alternatives to such an 
approach, for issuers to make asset-level data directly available to 
investors and potential investors, taking into account the possible 
sensitive nature of such data.
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    \5\ See Memorandum from the Commission's Division of Corporation 
Finance (dated February 25, 2014), which is available on the 
Commission's Internet Web site at http://www.sec.gov/comments/s7-08-10/s70810.shtml.

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    Dated: February 25, 2014.

    By the Commission.
Elizabeth M. Murphy,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2014-04433 Filed 2-27-14; 8:45 am]
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