Comments due on CFPB FDCPA proposed rule
On Tuesday, the CFPB issued a proposed rule to implement the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The proposal would provide consumers with clear protections against harassment by debt collectors and straightforward options to address or dispute debts. Among other things, the NPRM would set clear, bright-line limits on the number of calls debt collectors may place to reach consumers on a weekly basis; clarify how collectors may communicate lawfully using newer technologies, such as voicemail, email and text messages, that have developed since the FDCPA's passage in 1977; and require collectors to provide additional information to consumers to help them identify debts and respond to collection attempts.
The proposal would amend Regulation F, which implements the FDCPA, to prescribe federal rules governing the activities of FDCPA-covered debt collectors. The proposal focuses on debt collection communications and disclosures and also addresses related practices by debt collectors. The Bureau also proposes that FDCPA-covered debt collectors comply with certain additional disclosure-related and record retention requirements. If a final rule is issued, the Bureau proposes that it would become effective one year after it has been published.
Comments on the Bureau's proposal will be accepted for 90 days following Federal Register publication.
UPDATE: Published at 84 FR 23274 on 5/21/2019, with comments due 8/19/2019.
- CFPB press release
UPDATE: <.b> The Bureau published a notice at [84 FR 37806] on August 2, 2019, extending the comment period to September 18, 2019.