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Subchapter B. PRIVACY AND OPT OUT NOTICES FOR FINANCIAL INFORMATION


Sec.


146a.11.    Initial privacy notice to consumers required.
146a.12.    Annual privacy notice to customers required.
146a.13.    Information to be included in privacy notices.
146a.14.    Form of opt out notice to consumers and opt out methods.
146a.15.    Revised privacy notices.
146a.16.    Delivery.

Cross References

   This subchapter cited in 31 Pa. Code §  146a.2 (relating to definitions).

§ 146a.11. Initial privacy notice to consumers required.

 (a)  Initial notice requirement. A licensee shall provide a clear and conspicuous notice that accurately reflects its privacy policies and practices to:

   (1)  Customer. An individual who becomes the licensee’s customer, not later than when the licensee establishes a customer relationship, except as provided in subsection (e).

   (2)  Consumer. A consumer, before the licensee discloses nonpublic personal financial information about the consumer to any nonaffiliated third party, if the licensee makes a disclosure other than as authorized by § §  146a.32 and 146a.33 (relating to exceptions to notice and opt out requirements for disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information for processing and servicing transactions; and other exceptions to notice and opt out requirements for disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information).

 (b)  When initial notice to a consumer is not required. A licensee is not required to provide an initial notice to a consumer under subsection (a)(2) if either:

   (1)  The licensee does not disclose any nonpublic personal financial information about the consumer to any nonaffiliated third party, other than as authorized by § §  146a.32 and 146a.33, and the licensee does not have a customer relationship with the consumer.

   (2)  A notice has been provided by an affiliated licensee, as long as the notice clearly identifies all licensees to whom the notice applies and is accurate with respect to the licensee and the other institutions.

 (c)  When the licensee establishes a customer relationship.

   (1)  General rule. A licensee establishes a customer relationship at the time the licensee and the consumer enter into a continuing relationship.

   (2)  Examples of establishing customer relationship. A licensee establishes a customer relationship when the consumer either:

     (i)   Becomes a policyholder of a licensee that is an insurer when the insurer delivers an insurance policy or contract to the consumer, or in the case of a licensee that is an insurance producer or insurance broker, obtains insurance through that licensee.

     (ii)   Agrees to obtain financial, economic or investment advisory services relating to insurance products or services for a fee from the licensee.

 (d)  Existing customers. When an existing customer obtains a new insurance product or service from a licensee that is to be used primarily for personal, family or household purposes, the licensee satisfies the initial notice requirements of subsection (a) in either of the following ways:

   (1)  The licensee may provide a revised policy notice, under §  146a.15 (relating to revised privacy notices), that covers the customer’s new insurance product or service.

   (2)  If the initial, revised or annual notice that the licensee most recently provided to that customer was accurate with respect to the new insurance product or service, the licensee does not need to provide a new privacy notice under subsection (a).

 (e)  Exceptions to allow subsequent delivery of notice.

   (1)  A licensee may provide the initial notice required by subsection (a)(1) within a reasonable time after the licensee establishes a customer relationship if either of the following conditions is met:

     (i)   Establishing the customer relationship is not at the customer’s election.

     (ii)   Providing notice not later than when the licensee establishes a customer relationship would substantially delay the customer’s transaction and the customer agrees to receive the notice at a later time.

   (2)  Examples of exceptions are as follows:

     (i)   Not at customer’s election. Establishing a customer relationship is not at the customer’s election if a licensee acquires or is assigned a customer’s policy from another financial institution or residual market mechanism and the customer does not have a choice about the licensee’s acquisition or assignment.

     (ii)   Substantial delay of customer’s transaction. Providing notice not later than when a licensee establishes a customer relationship would substantially delay the customer’s transaction when the licensee and the individual agree over the telephone to enter into a customer relationship involving prompt delivery of the insurance product or service.

     (iii)   No substantial delay of customer’s transaction. Providing notice not later than when a licensee establishes a customer relationship would not substantially delay the customer’s transaction when the relationship is initiated in person at the licensee’s office or through other means by which the customer may view the notice, such as on a website.

 (f)  Delivery. When a licensee is required to deliver an initial privacy notice by this section, the licensee shall deliver it according to §  146a.16 (relating to delivery). If the licensee uses a short-form initial notice for noncustomers according to §  146a.13(d) (relating to information to be included in privacy notices), the licensee may deliver its privacy notice according to §  146a.13(d)(3).

Cross References

   This section cited in 31 Pa. Code §  146a.2 (relating to definitions); 31 Pa. Code §  146a.13 (relating to information to be included in privacy notices); 31 Pa. Code §  146a.14 (relating to form of opt out notice to consumers and opt out methods); 31 Pa. Code §  146a.15 (relating to revised privacy notices); 31 Pa. Code §  146a.16 (relating to delivery); 31 Pa. Code §  146a.21 (relating to limits on disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information to nonaffiliated third parties); 31 Pa. Code §  146a.31 (relating to exception to opt out requirements for disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information for service providers and joint marketing); 31 Pa. Code §  146a.32 (relating to exceptions to notice and opt out requirements for disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information for processing and servicing transactions); 31 Pa. Code §  146a.33 (relating to other exceptions to notice and opt out requirements for disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information); and 31 Pa. Code §  146a.44 (relating to effective date).

§ 146a.12. Annual privacy notice to customers required.

 (a)  Notice.

   (1)  General rule. A licensee shall provide a clear and conspicuous notice to customers that accurately reflects its privacy policies and practices not less than annually during the continuation of the customer relationship. Annually means at least once in any period of 12 consecutive months during which that relationship exists. A licensee may define the 12-consecutive-month period, but the licensee shall apply it to the customer on a consistent basis.

   (2)  Example. A licensee provides a notice annually if it defines the 12-consecutive-month period as a calendar year and provides the annual notice to the customer once in each calendar year following the calendar year in which the licensee provided the initial notice. For example, if a customer opens an account on any day of year 1, the licensee shall provide an annual notice to that customer by December 31 of year 2.

 (b)  Exemption to general rule.

   (1)  A licensee is not required to provide an annual privacy notice under this section if all of the following apply:

     (i)   The licensee has not changed its policies or practices regarding disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information from those in the most recent notice sent to consumers.

     (ii)   The disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information is made to only nonaffiliated third parties and meets any of the following requirements:

       (A)   Is made in accordance with §  146a.31 (relating to exception to opt out requirements for disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information for service providers and joint marketing).

       (B)   Falls within the exceptions in §  146a.32 (relating to exceptions to notice and opt out requirements for disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information for processing and servicing transactions).

       (C)   Falls within the exceptions in §  146a.33 (relating to other exceptions to notice and opt out requirements for disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information).

   (2)  A licensee that no longer meets the criteria in paragraph (1) shall provide an annual privacy notice under this section.

 (c)  Termination.

   (1)  Termination of customer relationship. A licensee is not required to provide an annual notice to a former customer. A former customer is an individual with whom a licensee no longer has a continuing relationship.

   (2)  Examples.

     (i)   A licensee no longer has a continuing relationship with an individual if the individual no longer is a current policyholder of an insurance product or no longer obtains insurance services with or through the licensee.

     (ii)   A licensee no longer has a continuing relationship with an individual if the individual’s policy is lapsed, expired or otherwise inactive or dormant under the licensee’s business practices, and the licensee has not communicated with the customer about the relationship for a period of 12-consecutive months, other than to provide annual privacy notices, material required by law or regulation, or promotional materials.

     (iii)   For the purposes of this section, a licensee no longer has a continuing relationship with an individual if the individual’s last known address according to the licensee’s records is deemed invalid. An address of record is deemed invalid if mail sent to that address by the licensee has been returned by the postal authorities as undeliverable and if subsequent attempts by the licensee to obtain a current valid address for the individual have been unsuccessful.

     (iv)   A licensee no longer has a continuing relationship with a customer in the case of providing real estate settlement services, at the time the customer completes execution of all documents related to the real estate closing, payment for those services has been received, or the licensee has completed all of its responsibilities with respect to the settlement, including filing documents on the public record, whichever is later.

 (d)  Delivery. When a licensee is required by this section to deliver an annual privacy notice, the licensee shall deliver it according to §  146a.16 (relating to delivery).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  146a.12 amended under sections 206, 506, 1501 and 1502 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. § §  66, 186, 411 and 412); and the Unfair Insurance Practices Act (40 P.S. § §  1171.1—1171.15).

Source

   The provisions of this §  146a.12 amended August 9, 2019, effective August 10, 2019, 49 Pa.B. 4109. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (281747) to (281748).

Cross References

   This section cited in 31 Pa. Code §  146a.2 (relating to definitions); 31 Pa. Code §  146a.13 (relating to information to be included in privacy notices); and 31 Pa. Code §  146a.16 (relating to delivery).

§ 146a.13. Information to be included in privacy notices.

 (a)  General rule. The initial, annual and revised privacy notices that a licensee provides under § §  146a.11, 146a.12 and 146a.15 (relating to initial privacy notice to consumers required; annual privacy notice to customers required; and revised privacy notices) shall include all of the following items of information, in addition to other information the licensee wishes to provide, that applies to the licensee and to the consumers to whom the licensee sends its privacy notice:

   (1)  The categories of nonpublic personal financial information that the licensee collects.

   (2)  The categories of nonpublic personal financial information that the licensee discloses.

   (3)  The categories of affiliates and nonaffiliated third parties to whom the licensee discloses nonpublic personal financial information, other than those parties to whom the licensee discloses information under § §  146a.32 and 146a.33 (relating to exceptions to notice and opt out requirements for disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information for processing and servicing transactions; and other exceptions to notice and opt out requirements for disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information).

   (4)  The categories of nonpublic personal financial information about the licensee’s former customers that the licensee discloses and the categories of affiliates and nonaffiliated third parties to whom the licensee discloses nonpublic personal financial information about the licensee’s former customers, other than those parties to whom the licensee discloses information under § §  146a.32 and 146a.33.

   (5)  If a licensee discloses nonpublic personal financial information to a nonaffiliated third party under §  146a.31 (relating to exception to opt out requirements for disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information for service providers and joint marketing) (and no other exception in § §  146a.32 and 146a.33 applies to that disclosure), a separate description of the categories of information the licensee discloses and the categories of nonaffiliated third parties with whom the licensee has contracted.

   (6)  An explanation of the consumer’s right under §  146a.21(a) (relating to limitation on disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information to nonaffiliated third parties) to opt out of the disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information to any nonaffiliated third parties, including the methods by which the consumer may exercise that right at that time.

   (7)  Any disclosures that the licensee makes under section 603(d)(2)(A)(iii) of the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (15 U.S.C.A. §  1681a(d)(2)(A)(iii)).

   (8)  The licensee’s policies and practices with respect to protecting the confidentiality and security of nonpublic personal financial information.

   (9)  Any disclosure that the licensee makes under subsection (b).

 (b)  Description of parties subject to exceptions. If a licensee discloses nonpublic personal financial information as authorized under § §  146a.32 and 146a.33, the licensee is not required to list those exceptions in the initial or annual privacy notices required by § §  146a.11 and 146a.12. When describing the categories of parties to whom disclosure is made, the licensee is required to state only that it makes disclosures to other affiliated or nonaffiliated third parties, as applicable, as permitted by law.

 (c)  Examples.

   (1)  Categories of nonpublic personal financial information that the licensee collects. A licensee satisfies the requirement to categorize the nonpublic personal financial information it collects if the licensee categorizes it according to the source of the information, as applicable:

     (i)   Information from the consumer.

     (ii)   Information about the consumer’s transactions with the licensee or its affiliates.

     (iii)   Information about the consumer’s transactions with nonaffiliated third parties.

     (iv)   Information from a consumer reporting agency.

   (2)  Categories of nonpublic personal financial information a licensee discloses.

     (i)   A licensee satisfies the requirement to categorize nonpublic personal financial information it discloses if the licensee categorizes the information according to source, as described in subsection (c)(1), as applicable, and provides examples to illustrate the types of information in each category. These examples include:

       (A)   Information from the consumer, including application information, such as assets and income and identifying information, such as name, address and Social Security number.

       (B)   Transaction information, such as information about balances, payment history and parties to the transaction.

       (C)   Information from consumer reports, such as a consumer’s creditworthiness and credit history.

     (ii)   A licensee does not adequately categorize the information that it discloses if the licensee uses only general terms, such as transaction information about the consumer.

     (iii)   If a licensee reserves the right to disclose all of the nonpublic personal financial information about consumers that it collects, the licensee may simply state that fact without describing the categories or examples of nonpublic personal financial information that the licensee discloses.

   (3)  Categories of affiliates and nonaffiliated third parties to whom the licensee discloses.

     (i)   A licensee satisfies the requirement to categorize the affiliates and nonaffiliated third parties to which the licensee discloses nonpublic personal financial information about consumers if the licensee identifies the types of businesses in which they engage.

     (ii)   Types of businesses may be described by general terms only if the licensee uses illustrative examples of significant lines of business. For example, a licensee may use the term financial products or services if it includes appropriate examples of significant lines of businesses, such as life insurer, automobile insurer, consumer banking or securities brokerage.

     (iii)   A licensee also may categorize the affiliates and nonaffiliated third parties to which it discloses nonpublic personal financial information about consumers using more detailed categories.

   (4)  Disclosures under exception for service providers and joint marketers. If a licensee discloses nonpublic personal financial information under the exception in §  146a.31 to a nonaffiliated third party to market products or services that it offers alone or jointly with another financial institution, the licensee satisfies the disclosure requirement of subsection (a)(5) if it does all of the following:

     (i)   Lists the categories of nonpublic personal financial information it discloses, using the same categories and examples the licensee used to meet the requirements of subsection (a)(2), as applicable.

     (ii)   States whether the nonaffiliated third party is either:

       (A)   A service provider that performs marketing services on the licensee’s behalf or on behalf of the licensee and another financial institution.

       (B)   A financial institution with whom the licensee has a joint marketing agreement.

   (5)  Simplified notices. If a licensee does not disclose, and does not wish to reserve the right to disclose, nonpublic personal financial information about customers or former customers to affiliates or nonaffiliated third parties except as authorized under § §  146a.32 and 146a.33, the licensee may simply state that fact, in addition to the information it shall provide under subsection (a)(1), (8) and (9), and subsection (b).

   (6)  Confidentiality and security. A licensee describes its policies and practices with respect to protecting the confidentiality and security of nonpublic personal financial information if it does both of the following:

     (i)   Describes in general terms who is authorized to have access to the information.

     (ii)   States whether the licensee has security practices and procedures in place to ensure the confidentiality of the information in accordance with the licensee’s policy. The licensee is not required to describe technical information about the safeguards it uses.

 (d)  Short-form initial notice with opt out notice for noncustomers.

   (1)  A licensee may satisfy the initial notice requirements in §  146a.11(a)(2)and §  146a.14(c) (relating to form of opt out notice to consumers and opt out methods) for a consumer who is not a customer by providing a short-form initial notice at the same time as the licensee delivers an opt out notice as required in §  146a.14.

   (2)  A short-form initial notice shall do all of the following:

     (i)   Be clear and conspicuous.

     (ii)   State that the licensee’s privacy notice is available upon request.

     (iii)   Explain a reasonable means by which the consumer may obtain that notice.

   (3)  The licensee shall deliver its short-form initial notice according to §  146a.16 (relating to delivery). The licensee is not required to deliver its privacy notice with its short-form initial notice. The licensee instead may simply provide the consumer a reasonable means to obtain its privacy notice. If a consumer who receives the licensee’s short-form notice requests the licensee’s privacy notice, the licensee shall deliver its privacy notice according to §  146a.16.

   (4)  Examples of obtaining privacy notice are included in this paragraph. The licensee provides a reasonable means by which a consumer may obtain a copy of its privacy notice if the licensee does either of the following:

     (i)   Provides a toll-free telephone number that the consumer may call to request the notice.

     (ii)   For a consumer who conducts business in person at the licensee’s office, maintains copies of the notice on hand that the licensee provides to the consumer immediately upon request.

 (e)  Future disclosures. The licensee’s notice may include categories of:

   (1)  Nonpublic personal financial information that the licensee reserves the right to disclose in the future, but does not currently disclose.

   (2)  Affiliates or nonaffiliated third parties to whom the licensee reserves the right in the future to disclose, but to whom the licensee does not currently disclose, nonpublic personal financial information.

 (f)  Sample clauses and Federal model privacy form. Sample clauses illustrating some of the notice content required by this section are included in Appendix A (relating to sample clauses) and may be found in the Federal model privacy form in 16 CFR Part 313, Appendix A (relating to model privacy form) or National Association of Insurance Commissioners Regulation # 672, Appendix B.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  146a.13 amended under sections 206, 506, 1501 and 1502 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. § §  66, 186, 411 and 412) and the Unfair Insurance Practices Act (40 P.S. § §  1171.1—1171.15).

Source

   The provisions of this §  146a.13 amended August 9, 2019, effective August 10, 2019, 49 Pa.B. 4109. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (281749) to (281752).

Cross References

   This section cited in 31 Pa. Code §  146a.11 (relating to initial privacy notice to consumers required); and 31 Pa. Code §  146a.14 (relating to form of opt out notice to consumers and opt out methods).

§ 146a.14. Form of opt out notice to consumers and opt out methods.

 (a)  Opt out notice.

   (1)  Form of opt out notice. If a licensee is required to provide an opt out notice under §  146a.21(a) (relating to limitation on disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information to nonaffiliated third parties), it shall provide a clear and conspicuous notice to each of its consumers that accurately explains the right to opt out under that section. The notice shall state all of the following:

     (i)   That the licensee discloses or reserves the right to disclose nonpublic personal financial information about its consumer to a nonaffiliated third party.

     (ii)   That the consumer has the right to opt out of that disclosure.

     (iii)   A reasonable means by which the consumer may exercise the opt out right.

   (2)  Examples.

     (i)   Adequate opt out notice. A licensee provides adequate notice that the consumer can opt out of the disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information to a nonaffiliated third party if the licensee does both of the following:

       (A)   Identifies all of the categories of nonpublic personal financial information that it discloses or reserves the right to disclose, and all of the categories of nonaffiliated third parties to which the licensee discloses the information, as described in §  146a.13(a)(2) and (3) (relating to information to be included in privacy notices), and states that the consumer can opt out of the disclosure of that information.

       (B)   Identifies the insurance products or services that the consumer obtains from the licensee, either singly or jointly, to which the opt out direction would apply.

     (ii)   Reasonable opt out means. A licensee provides a reasonable means to exercise an opt out right if it does any of the following:

       (A)   Designates check-off boxes in a prominent position on the relevant forms with the opt out notice.

       (B)   Includes a reply form together with the opt out notice.

       (C)   Provides an electronic means to opt out, such as a form that can be sent by means of electronic mail or a process at the licensee’s website, if the consumer agrees to the electronic delivery of information.

       (D)   Provides a toll-free telephone number that consumers may call to opt out.

     (iii)   Unreasonable opt out means. A licensee does not provide a reasonable means of opting out if the only means of opting out is either of the following:

       (A)   For the consumer to write a letter to exercise that opt out right.

       (B)   As described in any notice subsequent to the initial notice is to use a check-off box that the licensee provided with the initial notice but did not include with the subsequent notice.

   (3)  Specific opt out means. A licensee may require each consumer to opt out through a specific means, as long as that means is reasonable for that consumer.

 (b)  Same form as initial notice permitted. A licensee may provide the opt out notice together with or on the same written or electronic form as the initial notice the licensee provides in accordance with §  146a.11 (relating to initial privacy notice to consumers required).

 (c)  Initial notice required when opt out notice delivered subsequent to initial notice. If a licensee provides the opt out notice later than required for the initial notice in accordance with §  146a.11, the licensee shall also include a copy of the initial notice with the opt out notice in writing or, if the consumer agrees, electronically.

 (d)  Joint relationships.

   (1)  If two or more consumers jointly obtain an insurance product or service from a licensee, the licensee may provide a single opt out notice. The licensee’s opt out notice shall explain how the licensee will treat an opt out direction by a joint consumer (as explained in paragraph (5)).

   (2)  Any of the joint consumers may exercise the right to opt out. The licensee may either:

     (i)   Treat an opt out direction by a joint consumer as applying to all of the associated joint consumers.

     (ii)   Permit each joint consumer to opt out separately.

   (3)  If a licensee permits each joint consumer to opt out separately, the licensee shall permit one of the joint consumers to opt out on behalf of all of the joint consumers.

   (4)  A licensee may not require all joint consumers to opt out before it implements any opt out direction.

   (5)  An example is as follows: If John and Mary are both named policyholders on a homeowner’s insurance policy issued by a licensee and the licensee sends policy statements to John’s address, the licensee may do any of the following, but it shall explain in its opt out notice which opt out policy the licensee will follow:

     (i)   Send a single opt out notice to John’s address, but the licensee shall accept an opt out direction from either John or Mary.

     (ii)   Treat an opt out direction by either John or Mary as applying to the entire policy. If the licensee does so and John opts out, the licensee may not require Mary to opt out as well before implementing John’s opt out direction.

     (iii)   Permit John and Mary to make different opt out directions. If the licensee does so all of the following apply:

       (A)   The licensee shall permit John and Mary to opt out for each other.

       (B)   If both opt out, the licensee shall permit both of them to notify it in a single response (such as on a form or through a telephone call).

       (C)   If John opts out and Mary does not, the licensee may only disclose nonpublic personal financial information about Mary, but not about John and not about John and Mary jointly.

 (e)  Time to comply with opt out. A licensee shall comply with a consumer’s opt out direction as soon as reasonably practicable after the licensee receives it.

 (f)  Continuing right to opt out. A consumer may exercise the right to opt out at any time.

 (g)  Duration of consumer’s opt out direction.

   (1)  A consumer’s direction to opt out under this section is effective until the consumer revokes it in writing or, if the consumer agrees, electronically.

   (2)  When a customer relationship terminates, the customer’s opt out direction continues to apply to the nonpublic personal financial information that the licensee collected during or related to that relationship. If the individual subsequently establishes a new customer relationship with the licensee, the opt out direction that applied to the former relationship does not apply to the new relationship.

 (h)  Delivery. When a licensee is required to deliver an opt out notice by this section, the licensee shall deliver it according to §  146a.16 (relating to delivery).

Cross References

   This section cited in 31 Pa. Code §  146a.13 (relating to information to be included in privacy notices); 31 Pa. Code §  146a.21 (relating to limits on disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information to nonaffiliated third parties); 31 Pa. Code §  146a.31 (relating to exception to opt out requirements for disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information for service providers and joint marketing); 31 Pa. Code §  146a.32 (relating to exceptions to notice and opt out requirements for disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information for processing and servicing transactions); and 31 Pa. Code §  146a.33 (relating to other exceptions to notice and opt out requirements for disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information).

§ 146a.15. Revised privacy notices.

 (a)  General rule. Except as otherwise authorized in this chapter, a licensee may not, directly or through an affiliate, disclose any nonpublic personal financial information about a consumer to a nonaffiliated third party other than as described in the initial notice that the licensee provided to that consumer under §  146a.11 (relating to initial privacy notice to consumers required), unless all of the following conditions are met:

   (1)  The licensee has provided to the consumer a clear and conspicuous revised notice that accurately describes its policies and practices.

   (2)  The licensee has provided to the consumer a new opt out notice.

   (3)  The licensee has given the consumer a reasonable opportunity, before the licensee discloses the information to the nonaffiliated third party, to opt out of the disclosure.

   (4)  The consumer does not opt out.

 (b)  Examples.

   (1)  Except as otherwise permitted by Subchapter D (relating to exceptions to limits on disclosure of nonpublic personal financial information), a licensee shall provide a revised notice before it discloses one or more of the following:

     (i)   A new category of nonpublic personal financial information to any nonaffiliated third party.

     (ii)   Nonpublic personal financial information to a new category of nonaffiliated third party.

     (iii)   Nonpublic personal financial information about a former customer to a nonaffiliated third party, if that former customer has not had the opportunity to exercise an opt outright regarding that disclosure.

   (2)  A revised notice is not required if the licensee discloses nonpublic personal financial information to a new nonaffiliated third party that the licensee adequately described in its prior notice.

 (c)  Delivery. When a licensee is required to deliver a revised privacy notice by this section, the licensee shall deliver it according to §  146a.16 (relating to delivery).

Cross References

   This section cited in 31 Pa. Code §  146a.2 (relating to definitions); 31 Pa. Code §  146a.11 (relating to initial privacy notice to consumers required); 31 Pa. Code §  146a.13 (relating to information to be included in privacy notice); and 31 Pa. Code §  146a.16 (relating to delivery).

§ 146a.16. Delivery.

 (a)  How to provide notices. A licensee shall provide any notices that this chapter requires so that each consumer can reasonably be expected to receive actual notice in writing or, if the consumer agrees, electronically.

 (b)  Actual notice.

   (1)  Examples of reasonable expectation of actual notice. A licensee may reasonably expect that a consumer will receive actual notice if the licensee meets one of the following conditions:

     (i)   Hand-delivers a printed copy of the notice to the consumer.

     (ii)   Mails a printed copy of the notice to the last known address of the consumer separately, or in a policy, billing or other written communication.

     (iii)   For a consumer who conducts transactions electronically, posts the notice on the electronic site and requires the consumer to acknowledge receipt of the notice as a necessary step to obtaining a particular insurance product or service.

     (iv)   For an isolated transaction with a consumer, such as the licensee providing an insurance quote or selling the consumer travel insurance, posts the notice and requires the consumer to acknowledge receipt of the notice as a necessary step to obtaining the particular insurance product or service.

   (2)  Examples of unreasonable expectation of actual notice. A licensee may not, however, reasonably expect that a consumer will receive actual notice of its privacy policies and practices if it either:

     (i)   Only posts a sign in its office or generally publishes advertisements of its privacy policies and practices.

     (ii)   Sends the notice via electronic mail to a consumer who does not obtain an insurance product or service from the licensee electronically.

 (c)  Annual notices only. A licensee may reasonably expect that a customer will receive actual notice of the licensee’s annual privacy notice if either:

   (1)  The customer uses the licensee’s website to access insurance products and services electronically and agrees to receive notices at the website and the licensee posts its current privacy notice continuously in a clear and conspicuous manner on the website.

   (2)  The customer has requested that the licensee refrain from sending any information regarding the customer relationship, and the licensee’s current privacy notice remains available to the customer upon request.

 (d)  Oral description of notice insufficient. A licensee may not provide any notice required by this regulation solely by orally explaining the notice, either in person or over the telephone.

 (e)  Retention or accessibility of notices for customers.

   (1)  Notices for customers. For customers only, a licensee shall provide the initial notice required by §  146a.11(a)(1) (relating to initial privacy notice to consumers required), the annual notice required by §  146a.12(a) (relating to annual privacy notice to customers required), and the revised notice required by §  146a.15 (relating to revised privacy notices) so that the customer can retain them or obtain them later in writing or, if the customer agrees, electronically.

   (2)  Examples of retention or accessibility. A licensee provides a privacy notice to the customer so that the customer can retain it or obtain it later if the licensee meets one or more of the following conditions:

     (i)   Hand-delivers a printed copy of the notice to the customer.

     (ii)   Mails a printed copy of the notice to the last known address of the customer.

     (iii)   Makes its current privacy notice available on a website (or a link to another website) for the customer who obtains an insurance product or service electronically and agrees to receive the notice at the website.

 (f)  Joint notice with other financial institutions. A licensee may provide a joint notice from the licensee and one or more of its affiliates or other financial institutions, as identified in the notice, as long as the notice is accurate with respect to the licensee and the other institutions. A licensee also may provide a notice on behalf of another financial institution.

 (g)  Joint relationships. If two or more consumers jointly obtain an insurance product or service from a licensee, the licensee may satisfy the initial, annual and revised notice requirements of § §  146a.11(a), 146a.12(a) and 146a.15(a), respectively, by providing one notice to those consumers jointly.

Cross References

   This section cited in 31 Pa. Code §  146a.11 (relating to initial privacy notice to consumers required); 31 Pa. Code §  146a.12 (relating to annual privacy notice to consumers required); 31 Pa. Code §  146a.13 (relating to information to be included in privacy notices); 31 Pa. Code §  146a.14 (relating to form of opt out notice to consumers and opt out methods); and 31 Pa. Code §  146a.15 (relating to revised privacy notices).



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