WASHINGTON - Bankers are urging federal regulators not to hold them responsible for the computer security practices of third parties with which they do business.

As required by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999, the four banking agencies in June proposed guidelines for the industry's data systems to protect confidential customer information. Under the proposal, banks would be required to maintain an information security program that matches the institution's size, complexity, and scope of products and services.

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