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The Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act passed the House last week by voice vote. H.R. 749 would amend the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act by eliminating a requirement that privacy policy notices be mailed to consumers annually. Should the bill pass the Senate and be signed by President Obama, the privacy mailing would only be required of financial institutions if the policy had changed.

Similar legislation, which like H.R. 749 was sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), passed the House during the lame duck session last year, but it was not considered by the Senate. Financial institutions, including banks, support the bill, but some consumer advocates have opposed it, saying it erodes consumer protections.

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