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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3184         FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2694

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to furnishing or using certain consumer loan information to make solicitations.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

16th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3184        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2694

By Mr. Golden of Lowell, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2694) of Thomas A. Golden, Jr. relative to further regulating the use of certain consumer loan information to make solicitations.  Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 279 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to furnishing or using certain consumer loan information to make solicitations.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1:

              Section 50 of Chapter 93 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following:

              "Lender" means any of the following:

              a financial institution, as defined in Chapter 167; a finance company licensed under Chapter 255; a mortgage banker, loan originator, or mortgage broker registered under Chapter 255E; any other person, not identified above, the primary business of which is to make loans or engage in lending activities in this commonwealth.

              "Nonaffiliated 3rd party" means a person that is not related by common ownership or affiliated by common corporate control.

              "Personal financial data provider" means any person, other than a consumer reporting agency, that regularly engages in whole or in part in the practice of assembling and furnishing to 3rd parties, for a fee or payment of dues, the identity of particular consumers and financial information relating to such consumers that is not generally available to the public, including information derived from any application by these consumers for an extension of credit or other nonpublic personal information, as defined in 15 USC 6809 (4), relating to these consumers.

              "Prescreened consumer report" means a consumer report furnished by a consumer reporting agency under authority of 15 USC 1681b (a) (3) (A) and (c) (1) (B) to a person that the consumer reporting agency has reason to believe intends to use the information in connection with any credit transaction that involves the consumer on whom the information is to be furnished and that is not initiated by this consumer.

              "Trigger lead" means information relating to a consumer that is furnished by a consumer reporting agency or personal financial data provider to a nonaffiliated 3rd party if all of the following apply:

              1. The consumer has applied to a lender, other than the 3rd party to whom the information is furnished, for an extension of credit and the lender has provided the consumer's credit application, or information derived from or related to the consumer's credit application, to a consumer reporting agency or personal financial data provider for purposes of obtaining a consumer report or otherwise evaluating or rating the consumer's creditworthiness.

              2. The information furnished to the 3rd party includes the consumer's name and address or telephone number, or other information that allows the 3rd party to identify the consumer.

              3. The information furnished to the 3rd party contains, with respect to the extension of credit for which the consumer has applied under this section, any identification of the amount of credit for which the consumer has applied or any other information that is related to the terms and conditions of credit for which the consumer has applied and that is not generally available to the public.

              4. The consumer has not authorized the consumer reporting agency or personal financial data provider to provide the information to 3rd parties and has not initiated any credit transaction with the 3rd party.

              5. The 3rd party to whom the information is furnished has not extended credit to the consumer on which an unpaid balance remains.

              "Solicit" means the initiation of a communication to a consumer for the purpose of encouraging the consumer to purchase property, goods, or services or apply for an extension of credit. "Solicit" does not include communications initiated by the consumer or directed to the general public.

              SECTION 2:

              Chapter 93 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 51A, the following section 51B:

              (a) If any trigger lead is not a prescreened consumer report, no person may furnish the trigger lead to a nonaffiliated 3rd party unless the person reasonably believes that the 3rd party will not use the trigger lead to solicit any consumer identified in the trigger lead.

              (b) Any person that furnishes a trigger lead described in (2) (a) to a nonaffiliated 3rd party shall establish and maintain procedures to reasonably ensure that the trigger lead will not be used to solicit any consumer identified in the trigger lead. These procedures shall include requiring any person that obtains a trigger lead described in (2) (a) to identify the user of the trigger lead and to certify, in a manner similar to that required under 15 USC 1681e (a), the purpose for which the trigger lead is obtained and that the person will not use the trigger lead to solicit any consumer identified in the trigger lead.

              (c) No person that obtains a trigger lead described in (2) (a) may use the trigger lead to solicit any consumer identified in the trigger lead.

              (d) If any trigger lead is a prescreened consumer report, a person that obtains a trigger lead and uses the trigger lead to solicit any consumer identified in the trigger lead may not utilize unfair or deceptive practices in soliciting the consumer.

              (e) For purposes of this subsection, unfair or deceptive practices include all of the following:

              1. Failure to state in the initial phase of the solicitation that the person soliciting is not the lender, and is not affiliated with the lender, to which the consumer has applied for an extension of credit.

              2. Failure in the initial solicitation to comply with any applicable requirement under this chapter or 15 USC 1681b (a), (c), (e), and (f), 1681e (a), and 1681m (d).

              3. Knowingly or negligently utilizing information regarding consumers who have made an election under 15 USC 1681b (e) to be excluded from prescreened consumer reports, who have registered their telephone numbers on the national do-not-call registry as provided in 47 CFR 64.1200, or who are listed in the do-not-call list under Chapter 159C.

              4. Soliciting consumers with offers of certain rates, terms, and costs, with intent to subsequently raise the rates or change the terms to the consumers' detriment.

              5. Making false or misleading statements in connection with a credit transaction that is not initiated by the consumer.

             

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