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H.R. 818 (108th): Identity Theft Consumer Notification Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 13, 2003 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


HR 818 IH

108th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 818

To amend the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to further protect customers of financial institutions whose identities are stolen from the financial institution, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 13, 2003

Mr. KLECZKA (for himself and Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services


A BILL

To amend the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to further protect customers of financial institutions whose identities are stolen from the financial institution, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Identity Theft Consumer Notification Act’.

SEC. 2. FINANCIAL INSTITUTION’S OBLIGATION TO PROMPTLY NOTIFY AND ASSIST CUSTOMERS WHOSE PERSONAL INFORMATION IS COMPROMISED.

    (a) PROMPT NOTICE AND ASSISTANCE- Section 503(b) of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (15 U.S.C. 6803(b)) is amended--

      (1) by striking ‘and’ at the end of paragraph (3);

      (2) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (4) and inserting ‘; and’; and

      (3) by inserting after paragraph (4) the following new paragraph:

      ‘(5) a statement that, upon discovering that the confidentiality or security of any nonpublic personal information maintained by the financial institution with respect to consumer has been compromised in any way by an employee of the financial institution, or through any unauthorized entry into the records of the financial institution, the financial institution is obligated--

        ‘(A) to promptly notify the consumer of the compromise of the security or confidentiality of such information, and any misuse of such information, that the financial institution discovers or reasonably should discover has occurred;

        ‘(B) to provide assistance to the consumer to remedy any such compromise, including the duty of the financial institution under the Fair Credit Reporting Act to correct and update information contained in a consumer report relating to such consumer;

        ‘(C) to reimburse the consumer for any losses the consumer incurred as a result of the compromise of the security or confidentiality of such information, and any misuse of such information, including any fees for obtaining, investigating, and correcting a consumer report of such consumer at any consumer reporting agency; and

        ‘(D) to provide information concerning the manner in which the consumer can obtain such assistance.’.

    (b) WAIVER OF DISCLOSURE AT REQUEST OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY FOR LIMITED TIME- Section 503 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (15 U.S.C. 6803) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ‘(c) WAIVER OF DISCLOSURE AT REQUEST OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY FOR LIMITED TIME- A financial institution may delay notifying a consumer that the confidentiality or security of any nonpublic personal information of the consumer maintained by the financial institution has been compromised at the request of a law enforcement agency investigating such violation for such limited period of time as the law enforcement agency determines is essential for carrying out the investigation.’.

    (c) PENALTIES FOR FAILURE TO NOTIFY CUSTOMERS OF IDENTITY THEFT- Section 503 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (15 U.S.C. 6803) is amended by inserting after subsection (c) (as added by subsection (b) of this section) the following new subsection:

    ‘(d) PENALTIES FOR FAILURE TO NOTIFY AND ASSIST CUSTOMERS AFTER IDENTITY THEFT- The failure of any financial institution to promptly notify any consumer that the confidentiality or security of any nonpublic personal information of the consumer maintained by the financial institution has been compromised in any way by an employee of the financial institution or through any unauthorized entry into the records of the financial institution, to provide assistance to such consumer, or to reimburse the consumer for any loss or fee described subsection (b)(5)(C) shall be treated as a violation of--

      ‘(1) this title for purposes of enforcement actions required under section 505; and

      ‘(2) the requirements of section 623(a)(2) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act to correct and update information concerning the consumer in a consumer report at a consumer reporting agency.’.

SEC. 3. ADDITIONAL PROTECTION FOR VICTIMS OF IDENTITY THEFT.

    Section 618 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (15 U.S.C. 1681p) is amended to read as follows:

‘SEC. 618. JURISDICTION OF COURTS; LIMITATIONS OF ACTIONS.

    ‘(a) IN GENERAL- An action to enforce any liability created under this title may be brought in any appropriate United States district court, without regard to the amount in controversy, or in any other court of competent jurisdiction, not later than 2 years after the date on which the violation is discovered or should have been discovered by the exercise of reasonable diligence.

    ‘(b) WILLFUL MISREPRESENTATION- The limitations period prescribed in subsection (a) shall be tolled during any period during which a defendant has materially and willfully misrepresented any information required under this title to be disclosed to an individual, and the information so misrepresented is material to the establishment of the liability of the defendant to that individual under this title.’.