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Gramm-Leach-Bliley change would let dealers send privacy notices online

July 17, 2015
The Federal Trade Commission has proposed an amendment to its rules under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to allow auto dealers who finance car purchases or provide car leases to provide online updates to consumers about their privacy policies as opposed to sending yearly updates by mail.
Under the proposed revision, auto dealers would be able to provide consumers with the privacy policy solely online, as long as the company notifies consumers on a yearly basis that the policy is viewable online. The rule change would require this notification to be part of some other legally required document provided to consumers.
The revised rule still would require dealers to provide consumers with a written copy of the notice upon request. In addition, if a dealer’s privacy policy has changed since a consumer was last provided a written notice, the consumer must be provided a copy of the new policy in writing. 
Dealers who share consumers’ personal data with third parties in a way that requires a consumer to have the ability to opt-out would not be allowed to provide their privacy policy only online.
The amendments also include clarifications to the language of the rule to reflect the Commission’s authority under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.
The FTC published a full description of the changes in the Federal Register. The proposed changes will be subject to public comment through Aug. 31, after which the Commission will decide whether to make the proposed changes final. Interested parties can submit comments electronically.
The Commission vote to publish the proposed rule changes was 5-0.