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NEXT STAGE OF EU DIRECTIVE “WILL CREATE WIDESPREAD CUSTOMER DISRUPTION AFFECTING MANY MILLIONS OF CONSUMERS AND BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT EUROPE”, SAY FINTECH BODIES

Fintech bodies call for National Regulators to work with industry to prioritise customer needs ahead of other regulatory factors

The Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA Europe), in association with the European Third Party Providers Association (ETTPA), has highlighted a material risk to individual and business consumers in the next phase of the implementation of the Regulatory and Technical Standards (RTS) of the EU’s second Payment Services Directive (PSD2).

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ETPPA and FDATA Europe, whilst fully supportive of PSD2, have identified a series of unintended consequences of the RTS, which will cause widespread disruption to consumers and businesses which use the services of many fintech applications. Notable examples include the impact on the many millions of businesses that use SME accountancy services such as Xero, Quickbooks and FreeAgent, unless steps are now taken.

The simultaneous attempt to encourage innovation and to introduce new payment security measures is at the root of these unintended consequences, including the deterioration of existing consumer services, the introduction of security risks to banks, interruption to retail card and bank transfer payments, and significant disruption to Fintech firms who use open finance in their business models.

Whilst the RTS has had many intricate technical challenges, with lobbying and counter lobbying between banks and fintech firms, the customer disruption issues are becoming increasingly clear, and all sides now need to work together to manage these interlocking challenges, reduce the disruption and buy some time to work on resolving the outstanding issues.

The key issues are summarised as follows

  • Strong Customer Authentication, designed to improve the security between a bank and its customer, will unintentionally block access to non payments data, such as savings accounts and loan accounts, which are in very wide use
  • The RTS provides no period of transition during which a TPP could seek to ask its customers to rejoin on the new technology. There needs to be a twelve month transition period after the banks have delivered a high quality API or Adjusted Interface to allow customers to migrate
  • It is already crystal clear that the development of the technologies is not nearly mature enough at this stage, both in functionality and resilience. It is highly likely that on the current time table, the vast majority of banks will fail to deliver a suitable API and run out of time to then deliver the Adjusted Interface. If they simultaneously then introduce the new security measures, all access to account channels used by Fintech firms will be blocked.

FDATA and the ETTPA have suggested a new order which prioritises the needs of customers through a series of technical and practical measures.

Commenting, FDATA’s Chairman Gavin Littlejohn said:

“Open finance is the biggest and most important innovation in the financial services sector since the dawn of the internet. Customers have grown accustomed to innovative market and payment solutions that improve convenience and value. PSD2 is an important first step in creating a better framework of customer rights and protections to protect this new market.

“We have made a series of practical suggestions and we are confident both in their ability to reduce the risk, and in the good will of the EC and EBA to encourage markets to develop solutions.

“As it stands the banks, fintech firms and national regulators need to orchestrate a hierarchy of needs which puts customers first. A practical first step would be to delay any new implementation of Strong Customer Authentication which could block the traditional technology from functioning as it currently does, until such a time as the key issues are properly managed. Creating a ‘big bang’ approach to implementation, regardless of the connected circumstances, is simply creating an unnecessary cliff edge, which is easily avoided by this simple measure.

Commenting, ETPPA’s Chairman Arturo Gonzalez MacDowell said:

“During such a fast pace of change unintended consequences are always a potential difficulty.

“This is not about allocating blame – everyone is facing the right way and trying to do the right thing. But we do need to take action, and there is very little time to reduce the risk present in this next phase of implementation. We need real leadership now to navigate a path to avoid the regulations accidentally disrupting the markets they were designed to nurture.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS

  1. The Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA) was established in Europe to advocate for Open Banking in 2013, during the negotiations to add account aggregation to PSD2. and then formally incorporated in 2014. It is a member organisation, is not-for-profit and has a charter to develop open secure market access to innovation across all financial verticals, including payments and payments data, but also loans, mortgages, savings, investments, pensions and insurance. Customer access to these financial verticals via Third Party Providers is described collectively as Open Finance.
  2. The European Third Party Providers Association (ETPPA) is the European trade association of bank-independent PSD2 TPPs. ETPPA is an international not-for-profit association (IVZW/AISBL) organised under Belgian law. ETPPA formalises the former Future of European Fintech (FoEF) coalition, which was created ad-hoc at the beginning of 2017 to represent the interests of TPPs in the negotiations around the PSD2 RTS on SCA & CSC. ETPPA represents the bank-independent TPP interests in the implementation and evolution of PSD2 and RTS vis-a-vis the national and EU authorities and other stakeholders.
  3. FDATA and the ETTPA have jointly authored a paper – The Unintended Consequences of PSD2 RTS – which has been presented to the regulatory authorities in the EU and the UK.
  4. Media – for more information contact Andy Maciver (+44 7855 261 244, andy@messagematters.co.uk)
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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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UK Open Banking – Setting the Record Straight

Across the world, governments, regulators, banks and fintechs are talking about open banking, and also trying to follow the progress and success of UK Open Banking. They sense excitement, threat and opportunity, and there is much talk about innovation, security, standards and risk.

But are we all talking about the same thing? What is ‘open banking’?

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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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FDATA partners with Robo-Advice 2018

FDATA has been named as a media partner for the 2nd UK Robo Advice and Digital Wealth Summit.

The digital transformation of the financial services industry is continuing apace, and robo-advice and digital wealth management are a fast-growing part of this digital transformation. Originally conceived as a means of extending financial advice to the mass market, the technology’s real potential lies in its use being extended to insurance, pensions and other sectors. As robo-advice matures and expands from innovative start-ups to incumbents who are increasingly adopting or integrating the technology into their business models, having a clear perspective, not only of how the market is developing and where the opportunities will lie in the future, but also of regulatory expectations, will become increasingly critical. The latter point is particularly relevant given the FCA’s recent, multi-firm review of automated investment services.

Attendance at the second edition of the UK Robo Advice and Digital Wealth Summit, which is to take place on 20th September in London, will therefore be invaluable for both incumbents and start-ups that want to know how to adjust their business models to take full advantage of the significant opportunities presented by robo-advice and digital wealth management. This year’s conference will also involve a keynote address by the FCA’s Anna Wallace among many other high-level speakers.

Key discussion areas include:

  • Robo-advice: progress so far and opportunities ahead
  • Meeting the developing expectations of regulators
  • Robo-advice in the UK: a country specific perspective
  • Customer acquisition and engagement
  • Increasing the granularity and quality of advice
  • Outlook for robo-advice in the pension and insurance sectors
  • Robo-advice from two different angles: established financial institutions and fintech start-ups

Speakers include:

Anna Wallace, Head of Department, Innovate, Financial Conduct Authority

Helena Morrissey DBE, Head of Personal Investing, Legal & General Investment Management

John Barrass, Deputy Chief Executive, PIMFA

Giovanni Dapra, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Moneyfarm

Andrew Firth, Chief Executive, Wealth Wizards

Adam French, Co-founder & Director, Scalable Capital

Michael Gruener, Managing Director & Head of EMEA Retail Business, BlackRock

Jack Knight, Deputy Chief Executive, Investment Association

Tomasz Krzywicki, General Counsel (Europe & US), Wealthsimple

Hemal Mehta, Founder and Chief Executive, AtomInvest

Janine Menasakanian, Head of Distribution Strategy, Personal Investing, Legal & General Investment Management

Kevin Mountford, Chief Executive, Raisin UK

Uday Nimmakayala, Chief Executive, WealthObjects

Joe Parkin, Head of Wealth and Retail – UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands, iShare

Darren Philp, Head of Policy, Smart Pension

Romi Savova, Chief Executive, Pension Bee

Joe Seunghyun Cho, Co-founder and Founding CEO of LATTICE80, Chairman at Marvelstone Group

David Stevens, Life Advice Director, LV=

Daniel Tammas-Hasting, Managing Director and Founder, RiskSave

Daniel Thomson, Digital Product Owner – Retail Investments, Lloyds Banking Group

Christopher Truce, Head of FinTech, Saxo Bank Group

Caroline Vaughan, Head Of New Business, Innovate Finance

Delegate Fees:

Delegate fee: £595 + VAT

Small company and Fintech rate £199 + VAT

Register here or by emailing bookings@cityandfinancial.com



		
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