Previewing guidelines on customer privacy, Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke Jr. said the agency will urge banks to make it easier for consumers to block distribution of personal data.

In a letter this week to Rep. John J. LaFalce, Mr. Hawke describes the best ways for banks to comply with the so-called "opt-out" provision of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. This provision allows banks to share consumer information among affiliates, but only if customers are notified that they have a right to block the release of personal data.

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