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FINANCIAL DATA AND TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION AND OPEN ID FOUNDATION IN GLOBAL AGREEMENT

Not-for-profits to campaign jointly on open finance initiatives

The OpenID Foundation (OIDF), the international standardisation organisation which maintains a standard known as the Financial-grade API (FAPI), and the Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA Global), the global trade association for companies working to promote ‘open finance’ and best practise financial data sharing, have signed a liaison agreement to enable them to work jointly across the world.

Under the agreement, FDATA Global, with chapters in Europe, North America and Australia/New Zealand, will lead policy efforts to implement open banking frameworks across the globe while OIDF will focus on the technology behind a digital identity solution. The agreement will:

  1. Provide a mechanism for the parties to work together on mutually approved white papers, press releases, activities, presentations and other communications;
  2. Allow participation of each party’s staff and members in the other party’s meetings, as mutually agreed by both parties;
  3. Provide a line of communications in order for the parties to communicate (without obligation and only to the extent each party chooses) about new work under consideration and about upcoming meetings;
  4. Support their common goals, including where appropriate and mutually agreed, to promote common standards across markets, and to collaborate on the development and implementation of certain standards and publications of common interest; and
  5. Avoid market confusion regarding their respective organizations and activities.

FDATA Global works with governments, regulatory authorities, and the financial services industries to open up the financial sector all over the world to the benefits of financial data and technology, including advocating for the adoption of open banking frameworks and open banking standards.

The OIDF is an international standards development organization of leading identity and security architects, with a broad range of communities and companies developing open standards that enable firms and customers to safely interact in digital channels. The FAPI working group of OIDF has collaborated to produce the FAPI security profile, which is an integrated set of schemas, security and privacy recommendations and protocols which enables common connections that enable API to easily connect and for financial data to be safely shared and privacy protected.

As Open Banking and Open Finance initiatives develop across the world, the FAPI profile will be the starting point for markets seeking to reduce complexity, risk and engineering costs, making it easier for firms to connect and test their APIs.

Commenting, FDATA Global’s Chairman Gavin Littlejohn said:

“Open finance is the single biggest movement in financial services globally. It will change the world, and it will change the lives of young and old, rich and poor.

“The core components of delivering this change are the enshrining of the customer’s right to share their data, a regulatory environment that supports this right and an implementation capability that transitions the market access to high quality secure APIs.

“In the UK API initiative, the introduction of the FAPI security profile and FAPI conformance testing suites ensured that both sides of the API connection conformed to the profile. This had a transformational impact on the implementation experience, making connections easier between banks and fintech firms, making it easier for regulators to understand that security standards were being met, and greatly reduced the complex engineering and maintenance costs across the industry.

“As the Australian, Japanese, US and some of the European groups are developing their API initiatives, it is great to see the FAPI Security Profile discussed in the standardisation agenda. FDATA Global is happy to be able to support the brilliant work of the OIDF and recommend that the FAPI working group output become the starting point of that conversation and a cornerstone of the implementation experience.”

Don Thibeau, Executive Director of the OpenID Foundation, said:

“The development of open global standards like FAPI require the painstaking commitment and contributions of a wide variety of companies, communities and individual developers. This is demonstrated in the ongoing work of the OpenID Foundation’s FAPI Work Group and the leadership of Nomura Research, Microsoft, Intuit and many others. Open standards are only as valuable as their adoption and adoption is driven by trust.  The FAPI Self Certification Test Suite enables trust by helping assure interoperability across computing platforms and international regulatory regimes.

“Our collaboration with FDATA and others demonstrates the importance of the ongoing improvement of trusted standards and certification tests needed by a diverse and dynamic set of financial services players. Open Standards like FAPI enable the easy to use, secure and privacy protecting solutions for clients, consumers and consumers worldwide.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS

  1. FDATA Global is a not-for-profit global association for financial services companies operating in fintech. Our members provide innovative financial applications and services to empower customers to make better decisions and take fuller control of their financial lives across all their accounts, credit cards, loans and investments. We seek to work with government, regulatory authorities and the financial services industry in our mission to open up the financial sector all over the world to the benefits of financial data and technology. We have chapters in Europe, North America and Australia/New Zealand, with other territories being developed. www.fdata.global
  2. The OpenID Foundation promotes, protects and nurtures the OpenID community and technologies. It is a non-profit international standardization organization of individuals and companies committed to enabling, promoting and protecting OpenID technologies. Formed in June 2007, the foundation serves as a public trust organization representing the open community of developers, vendors, and users. OIDF assists the community by providing needed infrastructure and help in promoting and supporting expanded adoption of OpenID. This entails managing intellectual property and brand marks as well as fostering viral growth and global participation in the proliferation of OpenID. www.openid.net
  3. Images of Gavin Littlejohn and Don Thibeau can be downloaded via the links.
  4. For more information on FDATA contact Andy Maciver, Message Matters, +44 (0)7855 261 244, andy@messagematters.co.uk
  5. For more information on OIDF contact Don Thibeau at director@oidf.org or Michelle Parkes at michelle.parkes@oidf.org

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Coverage of FDATA North America’s launch

American Banker and Finextra cover launch of FDATA North America

Sept. 21, 2018, Washington, DC— The launch of the Financial Data and Technology Association’s (FDATA) North America chapter was covered in two major financial publications today.

You can read American Banker’s story here, and Finextra’s here.

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Leading Fintech Trade Association Launches North American Arm

FDATA-North America to Advocate for Open Banking Rules in Canada, Mexico & the United States

Sept. 20, 2018, Washington, DC— The Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA), which played a pivotal role over the last five years in crafting the design and implementation of open banking standards in the United Kingdom and in Europe, announced today the launch of a North American arm, FDATA North America. FDATA North America will advocate for the adoption of open banking frameworks in Canada, Mexico, and the United States and will encourage global standards for consumers to access and share their financial data safely and securely with whatever providers they choose.

North American policymakers and industry participants have begun an earnest dialogue about open banking. FDATA North America will work with lawmakers, regulators, financial institutions, and other industry and consumer stakeholders to advance and implement this framework. Gavin Littlejohn, who led the organization during the implementation of PSD2 across Europe and the launch of Open Banking in the United Kingdom, is the group’s global chairman and Steve Boms, who serves on the board of FDATA Global and has been an
outspoken advocate for the fintech industry, will act as executive director.

FDATA North America members include Equifax Canada, Intuit, Kabbage, Morningstar, Moven, Onist, Questrade, Quicken Loans, and Envestnet Yodlee, among others.

“Our members provide technology-based products and services that make it easier for individuals, families, and small businesses to make smarter financial decisions. To fully realize these benefits, however, consumers must be able to decide how to access and share their data.” explained Boms. “Our goal is to develop a framework within North American markets that balances safeguards with consumers’ rights to have access to these third-party tools.”

“With FDATA as the fintech industry leader since 2014, Europe has made great strides in advancing open banking rules,” said Littlejohn. “For the sake of both consumer choice and global competition, North American policymakers now must catch up. Our North American advocacy efforts, though nascent, have already been incredibly impactful. We have been pleased with our initial engagement with U.S., Canadian, and Mexican government officials. There’s a
strong will and desire to bring the open banking revolution in North America.”

Littlejohn, based in Edinburgh, is a tech entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Money Dashboard, a personal finance software company. He’s led FDATA since it’s inception in 2014. Boms, a former U.S. congressional staffer, has led global advocacy efforts for equity options exchanges, large U.S.-based financial institutions, and leading fintech firms.

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