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Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended

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AGENCY:

Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

ACTION:

Notice of Proposed Privacy Act System of Records.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, hereinto referred to as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or the Bureau), gives notice of the establishment of a Privacy Act System of Records.

DATES:

Comments must be received no later than May 31, 2013. The new system of records will be effective June 10, 2013 unless the comments received result in a contrary determination.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

  • Electronic: privacy@cfpb.gov.
  • Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier in Lieu of Mail: Claire Stapleton, Chief Privacy Officer, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 1700 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20552.

Comments will be available for public inspection and copying at 1700 G Street Start Printed Page 25427NW., Washington, DC 20552 on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time. You can make an appointment to inspect comments by telephoning (202) 435-7220. All comments, including attachments and other supporting materials, will become part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Claire Stapleton, Chief Privacy Officer, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 1700 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20552, (202) 435-7220.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Act), Public Law No. 111-203, Title X, established the CFPB. The CFPB administers, enforces, and implements federal consumer financial law, and, among other powers, has authority to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices when obtaining consumer financial products or services. The CFPB will maintain the records covered by this notice.

The new system of records described in this notice, CFPB.024—Judicial and Administrative Filings Collection will collect and store publicly available information about, formal judicial and administrative filings, or other formal actions that have reached final judgment, involving financial frauds against consumers for use in identifying repeat offenders and prosecuting cases based on these types of frauds. Access to the records will be limited to state and federal agencies for law enforcement purposes.

The report of a new system of records has been submitted to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and the Office of Management and Budget, pursuant to Appendix I to OMB Circular A-130, “Federal Agency Responsibilities for Maintaining Records About Individuals,” dated November 30, 2000,[1] and the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a(r).

The system of records entitled, “CFPB.024—Judicial and Administrative Filings Collection” is published in its entirety below.

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Dated: April 24, 2013.

Claire Stapleton,

Chief Privacy Officer, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

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CFPB.024

SYSTEM NAME:

Judicial and Administrative Filings Collection.

SYSTEM LOCATION:

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 1700 G Street NW., Washington DC, 20552.

CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:

Individuals covered by this system include, without limitation: (1) Individuals who are or have been the subjects of or are otherwise named in formal judicial and administrative actions, or other formal actions that have reached final judgment involving financial frauds against consumers; (2) current, former, and prospective consumers who are or have been customers or prospective customers of, solicited by, or serviced by individuals or businesses named in final actions involving consumer financial fraud if such individuals have provided information relative to, have been witnesses in or are otherwise associated with the formal actions included in this system; (3) other individuals who may have information relevant to, or have been named in formal actions included in this system; and (4) individuals who are users of this collection of records.

CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:

Records in this system contain information pertaining to the subject matter of formal judicial and administrative actions, or other formal actions that have reached final judgment involving financial frauds against consumers. Such records may include electronic copies of publicly available documents associated with formal actions including, but not limited to: reports, transcripts, correspondence, briefs, court orders and judgments, affidavits and other statements from witnesses, pleadings, exhibits, evidentiary materials, sentencing memoranda, and other related documents and records.

Identifiable information may include, among other things names and known aliases, business and home addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, employment information including titles, and personal history as it relates to the subject matter of the case. The Bureau does not verify any facts or findings contained in these documents.

AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:

Pub. L. 111-203, Title X, Sections 1011, 1012, 1013, 1015, and 1021, codified at 12 U.S.C. 5491, 5492, 5493, 5495, and 5511.

PURPOSE(S):

This system will collect and store the information to assist the Bureau and other agencies to identify and track persons and entities that are repeat violators of the consumer financial laws and to use such information to prosecute such persons and entities.

ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES OF USERS AND THE PURPOSES OF SUCH USES:

These records may be disclosed, consistent with the CFPB Disclosure of Records and Information Rules, promulgated at 12 CFR part 1070 et seq., to:

(1) Appropriate agencies, entities, and persons when: (a) The CFPB suspects or has confirmed that the security or confidentiality of information in the system of records has been compromised; (b) the CFPB has determined that, as a result of the suspected or confirmed compromise, there is a risk of harm to economic or property interests, identity theft or fraud, or harm to the security or integrity of this system or other systems or programs (whether maintained by the CFPB or another agency or entity) that rely upon the compromised information; and (c) the disclosure made to such agencies, entities, and persons is reasonably necessary to assist in connection with the CFPB's efforts to respond to the suspected or confirmed compromise and prevent, minimize, or remedy such harm;

(2) Another federal or state agency to: (a) Permit a decision as to access, amendment or correction of records to be made in consultation with or by that agency; or (b) verify the identity of an individual or the accuracy of information submitted by an individual who has requested access to or amendment or correction of records;

(3) The Office of the President in response to an inquiry from that office made at the request of the subject of a record or a third party on that person's behalf;

(4) Congressional offices in response to an inquiry made at the request of the individual to whom the record pertains;

(5) Contractors, agents, or other authorized individuals performing work on a contract, service, cooperative agreement, job, or other activity on behalf of the CFPB or Federal Government and who have a need to access the information in the performance of their duties or activities; Start Printed Page 25428

(6) The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for its use in providing legal advice to the CFPB or in representing the CFPB in a proceeding before a court, adjudicative body, or other administrative body, where the use of such information by the DOJ is deemed by the CFPB to be relevant and necessary to the advice or proceeding, and in the case of a proceeding, such proceeding names as a party in interest:

(a) The CFPB;

(b) Any employee of the CFPB in his or her official capacity;

(c) Any employee of the CFPB in his or her individual capacity where DOJ or the CFPB has agreed to represent the employee; or

(d) The United States, where the CFPB determines that litigation is likely to affect the CFPB or any of its components;

(7) A court, magistrate, or administrative tribunal in the course of an administrative proceeding or judicial proceeding, including disclosures to opposing counsel or witnesses (including expert witnesses) in the course of discovery or other pre-hearing exchanges of information, litigation, or settlement negotiations, where relevant or potentially relevant to a proceeding, or in connection with criminal law proceedings;

(8) Appropriate agencies, entities, and persons, including but not limited to potential expert witnesses or witnesses in the course of investigations, to the extent necessary to secure information relevant to the investigation; and

(9) Appropriate federal, state, local, foreign, tribal, or self-regulatory organizations or agencies responsible for investigating, prosecuting, enforcing, implementing, issuing, or carrying out a statute, rule, regulation, order, policy, or license if the information may be relevant to a potential violation of civil or criminal law, rule, regulation, order, policy or license.

POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORING, RETRIEVING, ACCESSING, RETAINING, AND DISPENSING OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:

STORAGE:

Records maintained in this system are stored electronically and in hard copy file folders.

RETRIEVABILITY:

Records are retrievable by a variety of fields including, without limitation, name of the individual(s) involved in a case, including attorney, defendant, plaintiff, case number, company name, contact information such as address and phone number, alleged activity or violation of law, or by some combination thereof.

SAFEGUARDS:

Access to electronic records is restricted to authorized personnel who have been issued non-transferrable access codes and passwords. Other records are maintained in locked file cabinets or rooms with access limited to those personnel whose official duties require access.

RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:

The CFPB will maintain computer and paper records indefinitely until the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) approves the CFPB's records disposition schedule.

SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS:

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 1700 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20552.

NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE:

Individuals seeking notification and access to any record contained in this system of records, or seeking to contest its content, may inquire in writing in accordance with instructions appearing in Title 12, Chapter 10 of the CFR, Part 1070, “Disclosure of Records and Information.” Address such requests to: Chief Privacy Officer, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, 1700 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20552.

RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURES:

See “Notification Procedures” above.

CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES:

See “Notification Procedures” above.

RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES:

Information in this system is obtained from local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies, publicly available records such as media reports, state and federal law enforcement agency Web sites, and court and administrative agency dockets, and any other person with information relating to financial frauds perpetrated against consumers.

EXEMPTIONS CLAIMED FOR THE SYSTEM:

None.

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Footnotes

1.  Although pursuant to Section 1017(a)(4)E, of the Consumer Financial Protection Act, Public Law 111-203, the CFPB is not required to comply with OMB-issued guidance, it voluntarily follows OMB privacy-related guidance as a best practice and to facilitate cooperation and collaboration with other agencies.

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[FR Doc. 2013-10206 Filed 4-30-13; 8:45 am]

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