Some fintech companies have stated that banks are not following through on the data sharing guidance set forth by the CFPB; banks on the other hand have said they are following through and sharing data with fintechs; the biggest complaint thus far is that banks are being selective and not granting access widely; banks have more complicated systems and multiple levels of compliance which could end a relationship before it begins; some ideas for better cooperation are for banks to design a set of standards as banks in the UK have done. Source.
With open banking starting last week in the UK, we might soon see a global push as Hong Kong is looking to explore the idea; the CFPB in the US recently came out with data sharing guidelines that look to begin creating a framework for future legislation; there is not yet the expectation that Hong Kong will adopt such regulations but they did ask for banks and fintechs to weigh in on the open API framework; the FT also sits down with former Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins to further discuss open banking and what it could mean for all participants. Source.
Europe's PSD2 will require financial institutions to share data with third party service providers creating a new market opportunity for fintech developers with guaranteed account data access; in the US fintechs must still rely on relationship building to secure data partnerships thus making technology development more challenging; American Banker reports on details of a recently formed association that's seeking to make data access easier; the Consumer Financial Data Rights (CFDR) consortium includes 31 data aggregators and fintech companies lobbying for data access solutions and agreements; American Banker also outlines the progress that has been made in data sharing and proposals from the CFDR. Source
An open source movement helped propel technology in the 80s and 90s and industry professionals are speculating on the need for another open source movement in today's current environment; while open source is not favored because of its intellectual property disadvantages it does have significant advantages for innovation; Crowdfund Insider details some of the areas where it is being discussed including third party data sharing and loan stacking; it has also been a topic recently debated at LendIt USA 2017 and is in ongoing development and discussion with the Online Lending Policy Institute, ID Analytics, the Marketplace Lending Association and numerous other industry groups. Source
With open banking set to go live in Europe next month US banks will be keeping a close eye on how the process works; US banks have started to share data with fintechs through different partnerships for different reasons; the time is coming where the industry will have to look at open banking as a regulatory standard and some think the banks should really be the ones to set the parameters; coming up with a potential global set of standards is something that could really benefit all parties involved; “You need to globalize that at consistency so you don’t have different standards for each country in Asia, for example,” said Cynthia Murray, a managing director at Bank of America, to TearSheet. Source.
Open Banking, seen as a potential game changing regulatory change, is set to launch in the next few days in the UK; Open Banking requires banks to allow fintechs and other third parties to have access to customer data if the consumer agrees to grant access; the new law will allow for a safer data exchange, in the past consumers shared their login details and third parties scraped the data, and standardize access across the UK and Europe; while banks have pushed back on the coming change this will allow customers to better control their information and tailor services to their lifestyles. Source.
Banks have historically been the guardians of customer information, but that has started to change with open banking; opening up information to third parties via customers has led banks to think more and more about security breaches; Now it’s not just about building a wall and not letting anyone in,” said Ram Bose, global retail banking consulting leader at Genpact, to TearSheet. “It’s about building a filter or strainer that lets some things in or out and not other things.”; the UK has regulations that mandate the sharing of info but the US has only set out standards and banks have been doing one off deals; new technologies like AI and machine learning can help to better secure agreements when banks are working with 20 or more potential partners; it is early days but banks can help to set up the standards they use by working together with fintechs and regulators. Source.