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(a) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Affiliated group” means two or more persons affiliated through common ownership or a contractual common undertaking involving the sharing of customer information among those persons.
(2) “Agency” means a department or agency of this state, another state, the United States, or a foreign government with whom the United States currently maintains diplomatic relations, or any related agency or instrumentality.
(3) “Functional regulatory agency” means an agency that regulates and charters, licenses, or registers persons engaged in financial activities or activities incidental or complimentary to financial activities, including activities related to banking, insurance, or securities, within the jurisdiction of the agency.
(4) “Privilege” includes any work-product, attorney-client, or other privilege recognized under federal or state law.
(b) The banking commissioner may, as the commissioner considers necessary or proper to the enforcement of the laws of this state, another state, the United States, or a foreign sovereign state with whom the United States currently maintains diplomatic relations, or in the best interest of the public, disclose information in the possession of the department to another agency. The banking commissioner may not disclose information under this section that is confidential under applicable state or federal law unless:
(1) the recipient agency agrees to maintain the confidentiality and take all reasonable steps to oppose an effort to secure disclosure of the information from the agency; or
(2) the banking commissioner determines in the exercise of discretion that the interest of law enforcement outweighs and justifies the potential for disclosure of the information by the recipient agency.
(c) The banking commissioner by agreement may establish an information sharing and exchange program with a functional regulatory agency that has overlapping regulatory jurisdiction with the department, with respect to all or part of an affiliated group that includes a financial institution, to reduce the potential for duplicative and burdensome filings, examinations, and other regulatory activities. Each agency party to the agreement must agree to maintain confidentiality of information that is confidential under applicable state or federal law and take all reasonable steps to oppose any effort to secure disclosure of the information from the agency. An agreement may also specify procedures regarding use and handling of confidential information and identify types of information to be shared and procedures for sharing on a recurring basis.
(d) Disclosure of information by or to the banking commissioner under this section does not constitute a waiver of or otherwise affect or diminish an evidentiary privilege to which the information is otherwise subject, whether or not the disclosure is governed by a confidentiality agreement.
(e) Notwithstanding other law, an agency of this state:
(1) may execute, honor, and comply with an agreement to maintain confidentiality and oppose disclosure of information obtained from the banking commissioner as provided in this section; and
(2) shall treat as confidential any information obtained from the banking commissioner that is entitled to confidential treatment under applicable state or federal law and take all reasonable steps to oppose an effort to secure disclosure of the information from the agency.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Texas Finance Code - FIN § 31.303. Disclosure to Other Agencies - last updated April 14, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/tx/finance-code/fin-sect-31-303/
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