|Sent: Sunday, March 11, 2001 6:35 PM
To Whom It May
It was my impression that the clear intent of Congress was to provide an opportunity
for customers of financial institutions to "opt-out" of sharing their personal
financial information with non-affiliates of the institutions. The statue provides
protection for financial information--not mere names and addresses. If all information
available to a financial institution is defined as "non-public personal
information," then what is "public"?
Private investigators play an important role in our civil and criminal justice systems which is not understood by many. The information by Private Investigators' regarding addresses and phone numbers is essential to their conduct of business and fulfilling their obligations to consumers. They utilize this information to investigate embezzlement, insurance fraud, locate delinquent child support debtors and serve process among other things.
Stalkers and scam artists seldom reside where their vehicles are registered so current address information is essential and law enforcement seldom has the manpower to develop these cases for prosecution.
If this information is deemed "non-"public personal", only wrongdoers
and criminal will benefit and the law-abiding consumer will be the loser. I urge you to
define non-public personal information in the manner that Congress intended.