State Law Update: New York Bans Yield Spread Premiums, Expands Consumer Privacy Protections

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On August 17, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Senate Bill 886, which prohibits any compensation paid to a mortgage broker or lender that is based on the terms of a mortgage, except for compensation linked to the principal balance of the loan. This prohibition of so-called yield spread premiums is a change from existing state law that prohibited “abusive” yield spread premiums in connection with high-cost mortgages.

On August 14, New York enhanced consumer privacy protections when it enacted Assembly Bill 8892. Just as the Federal Privacy Act of 1974 applies to federal, state, and local government agencies, this bill prohibits private businesses from conditioning the provision of services on a consumer’s willingness to disclose his or her Social Security number upon request. The law provides several exceptions, including when the collection of the Social Security Number is (i) otherwise required by law, (ii) requested in connection with the opening of a deposit account or a credit transaction initiated by the consumer, or (iii) required for any business function allowed under the Gramm Leach Bliley Act.