(a) As used in this section:

Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 42-371

  • another: may extend and be applied to communities, companies, corporations, public or private, limited liability companies, societies and associations. See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act: A federal law, established in 1971 and revised in 1997, that gives consumers the right to see their credit records and correct any mistakes. Source: OCC
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC

(1) “Retailer” means any person who sells goods used primarily for personal, family or household purposes to a person who is not in the business of reselling such goods;

(2) “Discount card or device” means any card or device issued by a retailer to a consumer, that the consumer may use to obtain a discount when making purchases from the retailer, including, but not limited to, a scanner card;

(3) “Consumer” means an individual who is an actual or prospective purchaser of goods used primarily for personal, family or household purposes; and

(4) “Consumer information” means information that identifies a consumer and that is obtained by a retailer from the consumer’s use of a discount card or device issued by the retailer in the course of the retailer’s business.

(b) No retailer who issues, or has issued, a discount card or device in this state to a consumer may sell, lease or relinquish to any other person, firm or corporation any consumer information, unless (1) the retailer provides reasonable prior written notice to the consumer, (2) the retailer provides the consumer with the option, at the time the consumer applies for the discount card or device or at the time the consumer receives an unsolicited discount card or device, of preventing the retailer from selling, leasing or relinquishing such information, and (3) the consumer does not exercise such option to prevent the retailer from selling, leasing or relinquishing such information.

(c) Such notice shall (1) state that information identifying the consumer may be sold, leased or relinquished to other persons, firms or corporations, (2) describe the purposes for which such information would be used, and (3) include a form the consumer may use to prevent the retailer from selling, leasing or relinquishing such information.

(d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to supersede the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (15 USC 1681 et seq.).

(e) The provisions of this section do not apply to the sale, lease or relinquishing of consumer information by a retailer to another person, firm or corporation that directly or through one or more intermediaries, controls, or is controlled by, or is under common control with, such retailer.

(f) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, a retailer may relinquish consumer information to (1) a credit rating agency, as defined in section 36a-695, or a consumer reporting agency, as defined in 15 USC 1681 et seq., provided such information may be relinquished only if the discount card or device also functions as a credit card, as defined in section 53a-128a, (2) a person, firm or corporation performing or providing services used for the delivery of such retailer’s promotional offers, or (3) a person, firm or corporation performing or providing services used for the delivery of such retailer’s billing statements.

(g) Any violation of any provision of this section shall be deemed an unfair or deceptive trade practice under subsection (a) of section 42-110b.