On March 12, 2012, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) announced proposed amendments to the confidential treatment of information obtained from persons in connection with its exercise of authorities under federal consumer financial law.
The proposed amendments will add a new section to the rules which provide that the submission by any person of any information to the Bureau in the course of the Bureau's supervisory or regulatory processes will not waive or otherwise affect any privilege such person may claim with respect to such information under federal or state law as to any other person or entity.
Additionally, the CFPB is proposing to adopt a provision which provides that privileged information given by the CFPB to another federal or state agency does not waive any applicable privilege, whether the privilege belongs to the CFPB or any other person.
The Dodd-Frank Act (Dodd-Frank) did not explicitly address whether the submission of privileged information to the CFPB in the course of the its supervisory or regulatory processes will affect any privilege a supervised entity may claim with respect to such information, even though Congress did provide that "all the powers and duties" of the prudential regulators relating to their transferred consumer financial protection functions would be granted to the CFPB, and this grant of authority encompasses the ability to receive privileged information from supervised entities without effecting a waiver.
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