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CFPB asks FCC to allow financial institutions to make certain Covid-19-related calls

Federal Issues CFPB FCC TCPA Covid-19

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On April 27, the CFPB sent a letter to the FCC in support of a petition filed at the end of March by several financial trade associations, which seeks an expedited ruling to allow financial institutions to make certain automated calls concerning Covid-19 relief options without violating the TCPA. The CFPB specifically encouraged the FCC to allow a limited number of automated Covid-19-related calls from financial institutions that would alert customers of offers of forbearance, payment deferrals, fee waivers, extensions or relaxations of repayment terms, loan modifications, and other resources related to loans secured by homes or vehicles. “Allowing financial institutions to make automated calls is one more way to maximize the outreach to ensure consumers receive important and timely information,” CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger noted, cautioning, however, that financial institutions must still comply with other legal requirements with respect to their communications with customers, including the Bureau’s mortgage servicing rules and Dodd-Frank’s prohibition on unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices.

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