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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

FDIC Supervisory Policy on Identity Theft

On April 11, 2007, the FDIC issued Financial Institution Letters FIL-32-2007, Supervisory Policy on Identity Theft.

Financial institutions have an affirmative and continuing obligation to protect the privacy of customers' nonpublic personal information. Despite generally strong controls and practices by financial institutions, methods for stealing personal data and committing fraud with that data are continuously evolving. The FDIC treats the theft of personal financial information as a significant risk area due to its potential to impact the safety and soundness of an institution, harm consumers, and undermine confidence in the banking system and economy. The FDIC believes that its collaborative efforts with the industry, the public and its fellow regulators will significantly minimize threats to data security and consumers.

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