WASHINGTON - Bankers have told federal regulators they do not want to be "The Grinch That Stole Christmas" for letter carriers by adding billions of privacy-policy notices to already bulging holiday-season mailbags.

In comment letters on proposed privacy regulations that would carry out the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, financial services companies urged regulators to delay for as long as a year and a half the Dec. 13 deadline for giving customers mandated privacy notices. Some bolstered their argument by saying the correspondence would clog the public mail system.

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