Key Point: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has amended the Safeguards Rule to require non-banking financial institutions to inform the FTC within 30 days of discovering any unauthorized acquisition of unencrypted customer information that affects 500+ customers.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a significant amendment to the Safeguards Rule, that directs all financial institutions, including non-banking entities, to report certain data breaches and security events to the FTC within 30 days.
The Safeguards Rule, which is predicated on the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), now requires all financial institutions to report to report “notification events” to the FTC. The FTC is defining a notification event as “the unauthorized acquisition of unencrypted customer information, involving at least 500 customers.” The amendment goes into effect in April 2024. See pending additions at 16 C.F.R. § 314.2(m) and § 314.5.Continue Reading Federal Trade Commission Amends GLBA’s Safeguards Rule