Privacy


A new Federal Trade Commission publication, Financial Institutions and Customer Data: Complying with the Safeguard Rule ( www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/safeguards.htm ), explains important aspects of the regulation ( www.ftc.gov/privacy/glbact ), which applies to businesses “significantly engaged” in providing financial products or services to consumers. The report includes a section called “How to Comply” and lists the specific requirements financial institutions must follow in developing their written information security plan. The Safeguard Rule also affects credit reporting agencies, ATM operators and any company that receives information from financial institutions.

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