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FTC Expands Data Security Requirements, Impacting Dealers

At the end of October, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its expansion of the Safeguards Rule to better protect consumer financial information from cyberattacks and security breaches. The amended Rule’s most significant requirements will take effect one year from the date it’s published in the Federal Register, which means dealers will need to comply likely by the fourth quarter of 2022. Here are five things you need to know.

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Federal Safeguards Rule Amendments Ask Dealers to Shore Up their Information System Security

Industry analysts suggest it could cost dealers hundreds of thousands annually to comply with the new rules.

FTC Strengthens Security Safeguards for Consumer Financial Information Following Widespread Data Breaches

Agency updates Safeguards Rule to better protect the American public from breaches and cyberattacks that lead to identity theft and other financial losses.

Pricing for Fun and Profit

Implementing pricing guidelines is not a guarantee that the regulators will stay away, but properly implemented and managed, it should provide a plausible defense of your F&I pricing practices.

The FTC Suggests We Buckle Up

The FTC recently issued a report that summarizes its enforcement actions, roundtable findings, consumer workshops, and in-person interviews with 38 Washington D.C. metro-area consumers focused on deceptive advertising practices, spot-delivery, and voluntary protection products.

NADA Mounts Opposition to Enhanced Safeguards Rule

National Automobile Dealers Association officials have told the FTC that proposed new provisions to the Safeguards Rule may be unnecessary and could cost smaller dealers more than $400,000 in the first calendar year of enforcement.

Sales Compliance and the Red Flags Rut

When sales managers habitually ignore Red Flags warnings, your customers’ identities and the dealer’s wallet are both left vulnerable. Here’s how to break the habit.

FTC: DealerBuilt Hack Affected 130 Dealerships

A 2016 cyberattack laid bare the personally identifiable information of about 12.5 million customers of 130 U.S. dealerships, according to a Federal Trade Commission bulletin announcing a consent agreement with dealer software provider DealerBuilt.

The CFPB’s Spirit Lives On

Attorney Eric Johnson fields questions about the state of the CFPB, the now fully staffed FTC, and the aggressive stance of state attorneys general. He also offers a critical update on the Military Lending Act.

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FTC Reminds Businesses of Duties to Victims of Identity Theft

The Fair Credit Reporting Act’s ‘business records turnover provision’ requires that business provide free of charge and without subpoena records relating to the theft within 30 days of a victim’s written request.

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