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Paper Check Conversion Over the Counter System Privacy Act Statement

This notice is given under the Privacy Act of 1974. The Privacy Act requires that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) inform individuals of the following when asking for information. The solicitation and collection of information from your check is authorized by 5 U.S.C. 301; 31 U.S.C. 321; 31 U.S.C. chapter 33; and 31 U.S.C. 3720. Paper checks received by the SEC will be scanned and converted into electronic debits to your account for processing by your financial institution. By presenting your completed and signed check to the SEC you authorize the conversion of your check into a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction. Furnishing the check information is voluntary, but a decision not to do so may require you to make payment by some other method.

The information provided by you will be subject to the following routine uses:

  1. Appropriate Federal, state, local or foreign agencies responsible for investigating or prosecuting the violation of, or for enforcing or implementing, a statute, rule, regulation, order, or license, but only if the investigation, prosecution, enforcement or implementation concerns a transaction(s) or other event(s) that involved (or contemplates involvement of), in whole or part, an electronic method of collecting receipts for the Federal government. The records and information may also be disclosed to commercial database vendors to the extent necessary to obtain information pertinent to such an investigation, prosecution, enforcement or implementation.
  2. Commercial database vendors for the purposes of authenticating the identity of individuals who electronically authorize payments to the Federal government, to obtain information on such individuals' payment or check writing history, and for administrative purposes, such as resolving a question about a transaction. For purposes of this notice, the term ``commercial database vendors'' means vendors who maintain and disclose information from consumer credit, check verification, and address databases.
  3. A court, magistrate, or administrative tribunal, in the course of presenting evidence, including disclosures to opposing counsel or witnesses, for the purpose of civil discovery, litigation, or settlement negotiations or in response to a subpoena, where arguably relevant to the litigation, or in connection with criminal law proceedings.
  4. A congressional office in response to an inquiry made at the request of the individual to whom the record pertains.
  5. Fiscal agents, financial agents, financial institutions, and contractors for the purpose of performing financial management services, including, but not limited to, processing payments, investigating and rectifying possible erroneous reporting information, creating and reviewing statistics to improve the quality of services provided, conducting debt collection services, or developing, testing and enhancing computer systems.
  6. Federal agencies, their agents and contractors for the purposes of facilitating the collection of receipts, determining the acceptable method of collection, the accounting of such receipts, and the implementation of programs related to the receipts being collected.
  7. Federal agencies, their agents and contractors, credit bureaus, and employers of individuals who owe delinquent debt for the purpose of garnishing wages only when the debt arises from the unauthorized use of electronic payment methods. The information will be used for the purpose of collecting such debt through offset, administrative wage garnishment, referral to private collection agencies, litigation, reporting the debt to credit bureaus, or for any other authorized debt collection purpose.
  8. Financial institutions, including banks and credit unions, and credit card companies for the purpose of collections and/or investigating the accuracy of information required to complete transactions using electronic methods and for administrative purposes, such as resolving questions about a transaction.

Disclosure to consumer reporting agencies:

Debt information concerning a government claim against a debtor when the debt arises from the unauthorized use of electronic payment methods is also furnished, in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(12) and 31 U.S.C. 3711(e), to consumer reporting agencies, as defined by the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 5 U.S.C. 1681(f), to encourage repayment of a delinquent debt.



Modified: 09/28/2010