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
3.
20-49 employees
4.
50-99 employees
5.
100-249 employees
6.
250-499 employees
7.
500+ employees

Video Member Spotlight: Xero

FDATA North America member Xero is a cloud-based accounting software platform for small businesses with more than 3 million subscribers globally. This Member Spotlight interview features Faye Pang, Xero’s Country Manager for Canada.

FDATA North America Responds to CFPB Request for Information (RFI) on ‘Junk Fees’

April 8, 2022- FDATA used this opportunity to once again urge the CFPB to finalize a regulation under Section 1033 of the Dodd-Frank Act, an action which would create a long-overdue consumer data right in the US.

Video Member Spotlight: MX

FDATA member MX has been a leader in the open banking movement in North America with their approach to modern connectivity. In this interview, Chief Advocacy Officer Jane Barratt explains how the company has been on the front lines of promoting open baking to the public and policymakers.

FDATA NA and Paytechs of Canada Release Landmark Survey on Canadian Consumer and Small Business Attitudes Toward Financial Sector and Open Banking

April 4, 2022: A newly released joint survey of Canadian consumers and small businesses from FDATA NA and Paytechs of Canada shows about half of respondents report feeling stress when interacting with the financial services sector and two-thirds believe more market competition would lead to better choices. Large majorities also agreed that nonbank fintech apps are easy to use, have lower fees, and help save money.

FDATA North America Applauds Choice for Canadian Open Banking Lead

March 22, Washington, DC – The Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA) of North America today issued a statement following the announcement that Abraham Tachjian will serve as Canada’s Open Banking Lead.

FDATA North America Submits Letter to NIST on Draft Open Banking Report

FDATA NA’s analysis found several shortcomings in this paper, including incomplete definitions of open banking and proprietary data; failure to articulate the central role of regulatory leadership in well-implemented open banking frameworks; and incomplete discussion of the technological realities under which open banking solutions are currently delivered in the United States and in other jurisdictions across the globe. In our letter, we strongly and specifically described each of these concerns and encouraged NIST to appropriately revise this draft report.

FDATA North America Submits Comments to Canada’s Department of Finance in Response to 2022 Budget Consultation

February 22, 2022, Washington, DC – Today, the Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA) of North America submitted comments to Canada’s Department of Finance in Response to its 2022 Budget Consultation.

FDATA North America Submits Comments to OSFI’s Consultation on Technology and Cyber Risk Management

February 7, 2022, Washington, DC – Today, the Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA) of North America submitted comments to the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) as part of its public consultation on Draft Guidance B-13: Technology and Cyber Risk Management.

Member Spotlight: Xero

Xero is a cloud-based accounting software platform for small businesses with more than 3 million subscribers globally. Through Xero, small businesses and their advisors have access to real-time financial data at anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

Member Spotlight: TransUnion

TransUnion has been on the cutting edge of consumer data technology for more than half a century and is one of the world’s leading global information and insights companies. TransUnion serves consumers in more than 30 countries on five continents. In the United States alone, more than 166 million people have received free access to their credit information through TransUnion or its partners.

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