15 U.S. Code § 1691c–1. Incentives for self-testing and self-correction
(a) Privileged information
(1) Conditions for privilegeA report or result of a self-test (as that term is defined by regulations of the Bureau) shall be considered to be privileged under paragraph (2) if a creditor—
has identified any possible violation of this subchapter by the creditor and has taken, or is taking, appropriate corrective action to address any such possible violation.
(2) Privileged self-testIf a creditor meets the conditions specified in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (1) with respect to a self-test described in that paragraph, any report or results of that self-test—
(b) Results of self-testing
(1) In generalNo provision of this section may be construed to prevent an applicant, department, or agency from obtaining or using a report or results of any self-test in any proceeding or civil action in which a violation of this subchapter is alleged, or in any examination or investigation of compliance with this subchapter if—
(A) the creditor or any person with lawful access to the report or results—
refers to or describes the report or results as a defense to charges of violations of this subchapter against the creditor to whom the self-test relates; or
(2) Disclosure for determination of penalty or remedyAny report or results of a self-test that are disclosed for the purpose specified in paragraph (1)(B)—
shall be used only for the particular proceeding in which the adjudication or admission referred to in paragraph (1)(B) is made; and
(c) AdjudicationAn applicant, department, or agency that challenges a privilege asserted under this section may seek a determination of the existence and application of that privilege in—
Effective Date of 2010 Amendment
Except as provided in paragraph (2), the privilege provided for in section 704A of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act [15 U.S.C. 1691c–1] or section 814A of the Fair Housing Act [42 U.S.C. 3614–1] (as those sections are added by this section) shall apply to a self-test (as that term is defined pursuant to the regulations prescribed under subsection (a)(2) [set out below] or (b)(2) of this section [42 U.S.C. 3614–1 note], as appropriate) conducted before, on, or after the effective date of the regulations prescribed under subsection (a)(2) or (b)(2), as appropriate.
“(2)Exception.—The privilege referred to in paragraph (1) does not apply to such a self-test conducted before the effective date of the regulations prescribed under subsection (a) or (b), as appropriate, if—
“(A) before that effective date, a complaint against the creditor or person engaged in residential real estate related lending activities (as the case may be) was—
formally filed in any court of competent jurisdiction; or
the subject of an ongoing administrative law proceeding;
Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act [Sept. 30, 1996], in consultation with the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the agencies referred to in section 704 of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act [15 U.S.C. 1691c], and after providing notice and an opportunity for public comment, the Board shall prescribe final regulations to implement section 704A of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act [15 U.S.C. 1691c–1], as added by this section.
The regulations prescribed under subparagraph (A) shall include a definition of the term ‘self-test’ for purposes of section 704A of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, as added by this section.
“(ii)Requirement for self-test.—
“(iii)Substantial similarity to certain regulations.—