The FTC announced today that it is delaying enforcement of its FACTA Red Flags Rule yet again, this time through December 31, 2010. This is the fifth time the FTC has delayed enforcement of its beleaguered red flag rule, which it originally had planned to enforce beginning November 1, 2008. This latest delay, just like the previous one, comes at the request of members of Congress who plan to amend the FACTA red flag provisions to narrow the scope of the entities that are covered. On May 25, 2010, members of Congress introduced S. 3416, which would exclude health care, accounting and law practices with fewer than 20 employees as well as certain other small businesses.
The further delay comes as FTC Chairman Leibowitz acknowledges the agency’s Rule’s shortcomings: “Congress needs to fix the unintended consequences of the legislation establishing the Red Flags Rule – and to fix this problem quickly.”