12 CFR 716.4 - Initial privacy notice to consumers required.

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§ 716.4 Initial privacy notice to consumers required.
(a) Initial notice requirement. You must provide a clear and conspicuous notice that accurately reflects your privacy policies and practices to a:
(1) Member, not later than when you establish a member relationship, except as provided in paragraph (e) of this section; and
(2) Consumer, before you disclose any nonpublic personal information about the consumer to any nonaffiliated third party, if you make such a disclosure other than as authorized by §§ 716.14 and 716.15.
(b) When initial notice to a consumer is not required. You are not required to provide an initial notice to a consumer under paragraph (a) of this section if:
(1) You do not disclose any nonpublic personal information about the consumer to any nonaffiliated third party, other than as authorized by §§ 716.14 and 716.15; and
(2) You do not have a member relationship with the consumer.
(c) When you establish a member relationship—
(1) General rule. You establish a member relationship when you and the consumer enter into a continuing relationship.
(2) Special rule for loans. You establish a member relationship with a consumer when you originate, or acquire the servicing rights to a loan to the consumer for personal, household or family purposes and that is the only basis for the member relationship. If you subsequently transfer the servicing rights to that loan to another financial institution, the member relationship transfers with the servicing rights.
(3)
(i) Examples of establishing member relationship. You establish a member relationship when the consumer:
(A) Becomes your member under your bylaws;
(B) Is a nonmember and opens a credit card account with you jointly with a member under your procedures;
(C) Is a nonmember and executes the contract to open a share or share draft account with you or obtains credit from you jointly with a member, including an individual acting as a guarantor;
(D) Is a nonmember and opens an account with you and you are a credit union designated as a low-income credit union;
(E) Is a nonmember and opens an account with you pursuant to state law and you are a state-chartered credit union.
(ii) Examples of loan rule. You establish a member relationship with a consumer who obtains a loan for personal, family, or household purposes when you:
(A) Originate the loan to the consumer and retain the servicing rights; or
(B) Purchase the servicing rights to the consumer's loan.
(d) Existing members. When an existing member obtains a new financial product or service that is to be used primarily for personal, family, or household purposes, you satisfy the initial notice requirements of paragraph (a) of this section as follows:
(1) You may provide a revised policy notice, under § 716.8, that covers the member's new financial product or service; or
(2) If the initial, revised, or annual notice that you most recently provided to that member was accurate with respect to the new financial product or service, you do not need to provide a new privacy notice under paragraph (a) of this section.
(e) Exceptions to allow subsequent delivery of notice.
(1) You may provide the initial notice required by paragraph (a)(1) of this section within a reasonable time after you establish a member relationship if:
(i) Establishing the member relationship is not at the member's election;
(ii) Providing notice not later than when you establish a member relationship would substantially delay the member's transaction and the member agrees to receive the notice at a later time.
(2) Examples of exceptions.
(i) Not at member's election. Establishing a member relationship is not at the member's election if you acquire a member's deposit liability from another financial institution and the member does not have a choice about your acquisition.
(ii) Substantial delay of member's transaction. Providing notice not later than when you establish a member relationship would substantially delay the member's transaction when:
(A) You and the individual agree over the telephone to enter into a member relationship involving prompt delivery of the financial product or service; or
(B) You establish a member relationship with an individual under a program authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070 et seq.) or similar student loan programs where loan proceeds are disbursed promptly without prior communication between you and the member.
(iii) No substantial delay of member's transaction. Providing notice not later than when you establish a member relationship would not substantially delay the member's transaction when the relationship is initiated in person at your office or through other means by which the member may view the notice, such as on a web site.
(f)
(1) Joint relationships. If two or more consumers jointly obtain a financial product or service, other than a loan, from you, you may satisfy the requirements of paragraph (a) of this section by providing one initial notice to those consumers jointly.
(2) Special rule for loans.
(i) You are required to provide an initial notice to a borrower or guarantor on a loan if you share his or her nonpublic personal information with nonaffiliated third parties other than for purposes under §§ 716.13, 716.14 and 716.15. (ii) You may satisfy the annual notice requirements of § 716.5 by providing one notice to those borrowers and guarantors jointly.
(g) Delivery. When you are required to deliver an initial privacy notice by this section, you must deliver it according to the methods in § 716.9. If you use a short-form initial notice for nonmember consumers according to § 716.6(c), you may deliver your privacy notice according to § 716.6(c)(3).
[65 FR 31740, May 18, 2000, as amended at 65 FR 36783, June 12, 2000; 75 FR 34621, June 18, 2010]

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