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  • Federal Agencies Issue Guidance On Reporting Elder Financial Abuse Under Gramm-Leach-Bliley

    Privacy, Cyber Risk & Data Security

    On September 23, eight federal agencies, including the Federal Reserve Board, the CFPB, the OCC, and the FDIC, issued interagency guidance to clarify the applicability of Gramm-Leach Bliley Act privacy provisions to reporting suspected financial exploitation of older adults. The guidance states that although the Act generally prohibits a financial institution from disclosing nonpublic personal information about a consumer to any nonaffiliated third party without notifying the consumer and providing an opportunity to opt-out of the disclosure, the Act contains several exemptions that generally allow for the reporting of suspected elder financial abuse, either at the request of a local, state, or federal agency or on the financial institution’s own initiative.

    FDIC CFPB Federal Reserve OCC Gramm-Leach-Bliley Seniors Privacy/Cyber Risk & Data Security Elder Financial Exploitation

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  • CFPB Report Urges Adoption of Standards for Marketing Financial Adviser Services to Seniors

    Federal Issues

    On April 18, the CFPB issued a report that reviews the marketing of investment adviser services to older Americans. The CFPB found that financial advisers use more than 50 different designations to market expertise in financial issues affecting seniors, which the CFPB claims creates confusion in the marketplace. The report includes detailed recommendations for the SEC and Congress related to (i) consumer education and disclosures, (ii) standards for the acquisition of senior designations, (iii) standards for senior designee conduct, and (iv) enforcement related to the misuse of senior designations. Among the recommendations, the CFPB suggests that policymakers consider requiring adviser education and standardized testing prior to obtaining a senior designation. The CFPB also suggests that the SEC and state policymakers consider increasing enforcement of misleading or other improper conduct by a holder of a senior designation and that state policymakers consider providing consumers with a private right of action to seek relief for the improper use of senior designations.

    CFPB SEC Seniors Financial Advisers

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