President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) into law on December 4, 2015. The FAST Act not only provides long-term funding for highway and infrastructure improvements and other transportation projects, but also includes several privacy- and security-related provisions, including an important provision that may reduce consumer confusion and industry compliance costs by eliminating annual privacy notice requirements for financial institutions in certain circumstances.
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently adopted the Privacy Notice Rule, a final rule that permits the financial institutions it regulates the option to post annual consumer privacy notices online, rather than mailing paper copies to customers, under certain conditions.1

The Privacy Notice Rule is the latest instance of regulatory relief provided to financial institutions by the CFPB. The new rule, which follows on the heels of other streamlining rulemakings by the CFPB, aims to reduce unnecessary or unduly burdensome regulatory requirements in the financial sector: the CFPB estimates that, as a result of the rule, financial institutions’ compliance expenses will decrease by approximately $17 million annually.2
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