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RULE §22.16Limits on Sharing Account Number Information for Marketing Purposes

(a) A covered entity shall not, directly or through an affiliate, disclose, other than to a consumer reporting agency, a policy number or similar form of access number or access code for a consumer's policy or transaction account to any nonaffiliated third party for use in telemarketing, direct mail marketing or other marketing through electronic mail to the consumer.

(b) Subsection (a) of this section does not apply if a covered entity discloses a policy number or similar form of access number or access code:

  (1) to a service provider, including another covered entity, solely for the purpose of marketing the sharing covered entity's own products or services, so long as the receiving covered entity is not authorized to initiate charges directly to the account; or

  (2) to a participant in an affinity or similar program as set forth in 12 CFR §40.12(b)(2), 12 CFR §216.12(b)(2), 12 CFR §332.12(b)(2), 12 CFR §573.12(b)(2), and 12 CFR §716.12(b)(2), where the participants in the program are identified to the customer when the customer enters into the program.

(c) A policy number, or similar form of access number or access code, does not include a number or code in an encrypted form, so long as the covered entity does not provide the recipient with a means to decode the number or code.

(d) For the purposes of this section, a policy or transaction account is an account other than a deposit account or a credit card account. A policy or transaction account does not include an account to which third parties cannot initiate charges.

Source Note: The provisions of this §22.16 adopted to be effective December 17, 2001, 26 TexReg 10316

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