North America

The Financial Data and Technology Association of North America: aggressively advocates for the rights of consumers and small businesses to have full utility of their financial data under a well-regulated and evenly-applied open banking regime; draws attention to anticompetitive behaviour in the marketplace that threatens consumers’ and small businesses’ financial data rights; and asserts before policymakers, industry stakeholders, and interested parties its expertise, gleaned from experience in other markets globally, regarding consumer and small business data rights and protections and the use of technology by regulatory agencies to deliver more efficient, innovative policy environments.
What we are doing in North America

FDATA North America continues to advocate for the rights of consumers and small businesses in the United States, Canada, and Mexico to have full utility of their financial data under a well-regulated and evenly-applied open finance regime.

Through our work, we provide input to policymakers and market stakeholders regarding the most appropriate regulatory and legal frameworks under which to provide for a consumer-centric financial ecosystem.

Regional Director

Steve Boms, Executive Director of the Financial Data and Technology Association of North America, has more than 15 years of experience working inside government, public and private companies, trade organizations, and the technology industry, and assists member companies and clients in working with policymakers in Washington, in statehouses across the United States, and internationally. Steve has spent his career focused on complex financial services public policy issues, having worked in the United States Congress on the committee with jurisdiction over banking issues. He has led advocacy efforts and public policy teams globally for equity options exchanges, large U.S.-based financial institutions, and leading fintech firms. A recognized expert in the intersection of financial technology and public policy, Steve has testified before the United States Senate, the Senate of Canada, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development regarding financial services and technology.

In addition to working directly with FDATA North America’s members, he is a frequent conference panelist and his perspective is solicited by reporters on the technology, financial services, and regulatory beats.

Steve is also the President and founder of Allon Advocacy, LLC, a public policy firm that helps technology, fintech and financial services firms navigate complex public policy and public affairs environments around the world.

What do you get for memberships?

We lobby government, regulators, policy makers and key stakeholders to support the benefits Open Banking and Finance brings to end consumers.

We represent our members’ views, giving them a collective seat at the industry negotiation table. We hold seats on a number of policy working groups, expert advisory groups, and task forces related to Open Banking. In these various forums, we ensure the risks and impacts to fintechs are considered, and that a collective position on the solution to these matters is presented to decision makers. We provide collective bargaining and negotiating power that individual firms cannot achieve on their own.

We also provide direct access and engagement to these decision makers for our members, with regular opportunities to speak directly to policy makers in industry roundtables we host.

FDATA gives members forward intelligence on key policy matters, changes, and trends. Our members can participate directly in various working groups, who serve to shape FDATA’s policy positions and recommendations.

We offer our member firms individual consultations on various policy, market positioning, and market expansion strategies. This service extends to introductions to potential partners across the ecosystem, from direct connections to opportunities to socialise with other ecosystem players at our hosted events and industry roundtables.

Annual subscription for membership of FDATA is based upon the employee headcount a company maintains in each region. Please contact the Region Director directly to discuss the benefits of membership and pricing applicable to your regional presence.
Membership Categories
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1-9 employees
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10-19 employees
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20-49 employees
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50-99 employees
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100-249 employees
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250-499 employees
7.
500+ employees

Member Spotlight: MX

Founded in 2010, MX helps organizations everywhere connect to consumers’ financial data to deliver intelligent and personalized money experiences. MX leads the industry with the most secure, reliable and direct API connections to the world’s top financial institutions using the most advanced AI and machine learning enhancement engine to categorize transaction data with 98 percent coverage. By connecting with 16,000 financial institutions and fintechs, MX provides the industry’s most reliable and secure data connectivity network reaching more than 200 million consumers worldwide.

FDATA North America Joins Industry Trade Groups in Letter to Department of Finance on Implementation of Recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Open Banking Report

November 10, 2021, Washington, DC – Last week, the Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA) of North America, along with the Paytechs of Canada Association and the Canadian Lenders Association (CLA), sent a joint letter to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland requesting that the Department adopt the phase one and two recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Open Banking report and urging its public support for the same.

Member Spotlight: Basis Theory

Basis Theory has built a developer platform for encryption and tokenization that can accommodate any type of data (including sensitive payments data). The company, launched in 2021 and fully distributed, helps financial services and financial technology clients stay in complete control of their customer’s data without taking on the compliance burden. The company was built during the COVID-19 pandemic, when, overnight, consumers become even more reliant on technology to shop, order take out, see their doctor and, of course, bank. Over those months of isolation, founders Brian Billingsley, Colin Luce, and Ben Milne and their team of engineers “built a secure PCI-compliant foundation to enable the collection and storage of payments data” on the Basis Theory platform.

Member Spotlight: Marble

What sort of promise does open banking and customer-directed finance hold for Canadians? As Marble Financial CEO Karim Nanji has said, “The amalgamation of customer data provides an opportunity for Marble to offer and deliver more efficient processing and approvals of credit solutions. Ultimately, we collect the customers goals which along with the consolidation of financial data creates an opportunity for us and our partners to access this information to provide new services and more robust solutions in the areas of personal finance, money management including savings, investment, tax and insurance.”

FDATA North America Congratulates Chopra on Confirmation, Calls for Speedy Action on Open Finance Regulation

September 30, 2021, Washington, DC – The Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA) of North America today issued a statement following the successful Senate confirmation for Rohit Chopra to be director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

FDATA North America Submits Comments to US House Consumer Protection Subcommittee on the Future of Banking

September 29, 2021, Washington, DC – Today, FDATA North America submitted a letter for the record for the U.S. House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions hearing “The Future of Banking: How Consolidation, Nonbank Competition, and Technology are Reshaping the Banking System.” The letter outlines FDATA North America’s mission to advocate for a financial ecosystem in which the end user has complete utility of their financial data.

FDATA North America Submits Comments to US Financial Regulators’ Request for Comment on Managing Risks Associated with Third-Party Relationships

September 23, 2021, Washington, DC – Today, the Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA) of North America submitted comments to the US financial regulators as part of their proposed interagency guidance and request for comment on managing risks associated with third party relationships.

FDATA North America Submits Comments to House Fintech Task Force on Data Access

September 20, 2021, Washington, DC – Today, FDATA North America submitted a letter for the record for the U.S. House Financial Services Committee’s Task Force on Financial Technology’s hearing “Preserving the Right of Consumers to Access Personal Financial Data.” The letter outlines FDATA North America’s mission to advocate for a financial ecosystem in which the end user has complete utility of their financial data.

Member Spotlight: Interac

In 1984, Canada’s top financial institutions came together to create Interac Association, a cooperative venture dedicated to giving Canadians broader access to their money through a single shared network. Twelve years later, eight of the founding institutions created Acxsys Corporation, a new entity that would develop new business partnerships and services for financial transfer, online […]

FDATA North America Submits Comments to Ontario’s Privacy Protection Engagement Consultation

September 3, 2021, Washington, DC – Today, the Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA) of North America submitted comments to Ontario’s consultation on efforts to strengthen and modernize privacy protections in the province. 

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FDATA is working on a series of webinars and an Open Finance podcast, bringing the discussion on the future of banking to the comfort of your home office. Watch this space for updates on our digital events.
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