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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 21. Securities And Retail Franchising
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission, Division Of Securities And Retail Franchising
Chapter 110. Retail Franchising Act Rules
5/10/2021

21VAC5-110-85. Disclosure of confidential information.

A. This section governs the disclosure by the commission of information or documents obtained or prepared by any member, subordinate or employee of the commission in the course of any examination or investigation conducted pursuant to the provisions of the Retail Franchising Act (§ 13.1-557 et seq. of the Code of Virginia). It is designed to implement the provisions of § 13.1-567 that permit disclosure of information to governmental and quasi-governmental entities approved by rule of the commission.

B. The Director of the Division of Securities and Retail Franchising or his designee is hereby authorized to disclose information to the entities enumerated in subsections D, E and F of this section. Disclosure shall be made only for the purpose of aiding in the detection or prevention of possible violations of law or to further administrative, legislative or judicial action resulting from possible violations of law. As a condition precedent to disclosure a writing shall be obtained from the receiving entity undertaking that it will exercise reasonable measures to preserve the confidential nature of the information.

C. Disclosure may be made only under the following circumstances:

1. In response to an entity's request for information relating to a specific subject or person.

2. By disseminating to an entity information which may indicate a possible violation of law within the administrative, regulatory or enforcement responsibility of that entity.

3. To participate in a centralized program or system designed to collect and maintain information pertaining to possible violations of securities, investment advisory, retail franchising or related laws.

4. To the extent necessary for participation in coordinated examinations or investigations.

D. The following are approved governmental entities (including any agencies, bureaus, commissions, divisions or successors thereof) of the United States:

1. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System or any Federal Reserve Bank.

2. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

3. Congress of the United States, including either House, or any committee or subcommittee thereof.

4. Department of Defense.

5. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

6. Department of Justice.

7. Department of Treasury.

8. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

9. Office of Thrift Supervision.

10. Federal Trade Commission.

11. Postal Service.

12. Securities and Exchange Commission.

13. Comptroller of the Currency.

14. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

15. Any other federal agency or instrumentality which demonstrates a need for access to confidential information.

E. The following are approved nonfederal governmental entities:

1. The securities or retail franchising regulatory entity of any state, territory or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, state legislative bodies and state and local law-enforcement entities involved in the detection, investigation or prosecution of violations of law.

2. The securities or retail franchising regulatory entity of any foreign country, whether such entity is on a national, provincial, regional, state or local level, and law-enforcement entities within such countries.

F. The following are approved quasi-governmental entities:

1. American Stock Exchange.

2. Chicago Board Options Exchange.

3. Midwest Stock Exchange.

4. Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.

5. National Association of Attorneys General.

6. NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc.

7. New York Stock Exchange.

8. North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc.

9. Pacific Stock Exchange.

10. Philadelphia Stock Exchange.

11. Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

12. National White Collar Crime Center.

13. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.

14. Any other quasi-governmental entity which demonstrates a need for access to confidential information.

Statutory Authority

§§ 12.1-13 and 13.1-572 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 15, Issue 22, eff. July 1, 1999; amended, Volume 26, Issue 21, eff. July 1, 2010.

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