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  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)


The Gramm Leach Bliley Act, also known as GLBA, is a federal law that protects customer non-public personal information, otherwise known as NPI. 

How does GLBA apply to the University of South Carolina?

GLBA applies due to the university's financial relationship with students. A critical part of GLBA is the Safeguards Rule, requiring administrative, technical, and physical safeguards for NPI.  NPI is any personally-identifiable financial information that a customer provides to obtain a financial service or product from the University of South Carolina. NPI includes Social Security number, credit card number, account balance, passport information, tax return information, bank account information, driver’s license number, and date of birth. 

The following tips may be useful when dealing with NPI, though these tips alone do not ensure compliance.

  • Access to NPI should be limited to only authorized personnel who require access.
  • NPI computers and systems should not be used for non-work related activities. 
  • If collecting NPI online directly from students, automate the transmission.

For more in-depth information about the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), visit the Federal Trade Commission's GLBA Website.

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