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PIRG: Consumer Privacy
PRESS RELEASES AND STATEMENTS Update 7 Nov 00
NEW: Go To PIRG's
Financial Privacy Alert Page for Links to our work on the flawed Amy
Boyer Law on Social Security Numbers.
Also on PIRG's Financial
Privacy Alert Page Details on the new law, S 900, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley
Financial Modernization Act, that legalizes Orwellian privacy intrusions
by banks and what you can do to stop it. This bill was signed by the
President on 12 Nov 99.
Letter from U.S. PIRG and Consumers Union PIRG urges withdrawal
of intrusive "Know Your Customer" rules that would require banks to collect
information to create "profiles" of all bank customers, then to monitor
all their account transactions, invading their privacy. Monday, 8 March
99 was the deadline for comments to four federal bank regulatory agencies.
PIRG wrote comments that were endorsed by the nation's other leading consumer
groups, Consumers Union and Consumer Federation of America. (5 March
U.S. PIRG and Consumers Union (publishers of Consumer
Reports Magazine), to the nation's chief regulator of national banks, Acting
Comptroller of the Currency Julie Williams, outlining the need for a series
of changes to banking laws to ensure that banks, especially those affiliated
with insurance companies, protect the privacy of personal credit, account,
medical and insurance records. [12 Oct 1998]
Letter to Commerce
Secretary Daley in response to a White House/Commerce
Department conference on "privacy self-regulation," urging further government
action, because self-regulation was not enough.
to "Regulate" Itself Will Worsen Privacy Invasions, Experts Say
Financial Privacy Needs Protection in H.R. 10, a letter to the members
of the Senate Banking Committee.
Seizing Control Over Our Lives, an opinion editorial
for the May 1998 issue of "At Home With Consumers".
Regarding a Proposed White House Conference on Privacy U.S.
PIRG and other internet and privacy advocates express concerns about the
conference. [26 Fec 98]
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