Market and Consumer Research Records
The new system of records described in this notice ‘‘CFPB.022—Market and Consumer Research Records’’ will maintain records related to the CFPB’s monitoring of risks to consumers in the offering or provision of consumer financial products or services, including developments in markets for such products or services; and to the CFPB’s researching, analyzing, and reporting on consumer financial products or services, consumer awareness and understanding of the costs, risks, and benefits of such products or services, and consumer behavior with respect to such products or services. The CFPB will maintain control over the records covered by this notice.
Who is covered? Information in the system will contain records that have been collected from: providers of consumer financial products and services, consumer reporting agencies, and debt counselors; service providers to the above; consumers; government entities; and commercial and non-profit entities that compile or otherwise possess data sets obtained from one or more of the above sources.
What information is collected? Records in the system may include without limitation: (1) contact information for the categories of individuals mentioned above (e.g., names, phone numbers, email addresses, physical addresses, and governmental-issued identification numbers); (2) information collected from consumers as part of surveys, randomized controlled trials, or through other mechanisms; (3) consumer financial transaction data and other information related to consumers’ financial statuses; (4) information about the legal relationships between consumers and market participants, such as contracts and dispute records; (5) information about commercial relationships between consumers and other market participants; and (6) information on consumer characteristics collected by market participants or other entities.
Why is the information collected? Records in this system are collected to enable the CFPB to monitor, research, analyze, and report information relevant to the functioning of markets for consumer financial products and services. This system will also enable CFPB to research, analyze, and report on consumer financial products or services, consumer awareness and understanding of the costs, risks, and benefits of such products or services, and consumer behavior with respect to such products or services.