Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection Division of Financial Practices
The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Privacy of Consumer Financial Information
Subtitle A of Title V of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (“GLB Act”) has privacy provisions relating to consumers’ financial information. Under these provisions, financial institutions have restrictions on when they may disclose a consumer’s personal financial information to nonaffiliated third parties. Financial institutions are required to provide notices to their customers about their information-collection and information-sharing practices. Consumers may decide to “opt-out” if they do not want their information shared with nonaffiliated third parties. The GLB Act provides specific exceptions under which a financial institution may share customer information with a third party and the consumer may not opt-out. All financial institutions are required to provide consumers with notice and opt-out opportunities before they may disclose information to non-affiliated third parties outside of what is permitted under the exceptions.
Subtitle A of Title V of the GLB Act and the Federal Trade Commission regulation can be found on the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act web page which can be reached directly from the FTC homepage at www.ftc.gov.