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Federal Reserve announces plan to develop a new round-the-clock real-time payment and settlement service to support faster payments

07 August 2019

The Federal Reserve Board on Monday announced that the Federal Reserve Banks will develop a new round-the-clock real-time payment and settlement service, called the FedNow℠ Service, to support faster payments in the United States. The rapid evolution of technology presents a pivotal opportunity for the Federal Reserve and the payment industry to modernize the nation’s payment system and establish a safe and efficient foundation for the future.

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OCC – Fraud Risk Management Principles

06 August 2019

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) inform national banks, federal savings associations, and federal branches and agencies (collectively, banks) of sound fraud risk management principles. Fraud risk management principles can be implemented in a variety of ways and may not always be structured within a formal fraud risk management program. Regardless of the structure, fraud risk management should be commensurate with the bank’s risk profile. Banks with significant and far-reaching retail-oriented business activities should have well-documented fraud risk management programs with appropriate monitoring, measurements and reporting, and mitigation.

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How to signal the future path of interest rates? The international evidence on forward guidance

05 August 2019

Forward guidance, i.e. communication by a central bank about the likely future path of interest rates, usually reduces uncertainty. But it matters how this is done in practice, because forward guidance with a short time horizon can raise uncertainty. This occurs if the forward guidance impairs the aggregation of private information in financial markets, thus making market prices less informative. Central banks often make statements about the likely future path of interest rates by providing so-called forward guidance. Forward guidance is especially used if the central bank can no longer cut policy rates because they are already as low as possible (i.e. they have reached their lower bound). Continue reading…

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Commission assesses risks and implementation shortcomings in fight against money laundering and terrorist financing: Q&A (2)

02 August 2019

The Commission is presenting a Communication summarising a set of reports relating to the implementation of the Union’s legal anti-money laundering/ counter terrorism financing framework. The findings aim to point to where implementation can be improved and to foster new discussions with relevant stakeholders to further improve the EU’s work in this field.

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Commission assesses risks and implementation shortcomings in fight against money laundering and terrorist financing: Q&A (1)

01 August 2019

The Commission is presenting a Communication summarising a set of reports relating to the implementation of the Union’s legal anti-money laundering/ counter terrorism financing framework. The findings aim to point to where implementation can be improved and to foster new discussions with relevant stakeholders to further improve the EU’s work in this field.

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EBA publishes clarifications to the fourth set of issues raised by its Working Group on APIs under PSD2

31 July 2019

The European Banking Authority (EBA) published clarifications to a fourth set of issues that had been raised by participants of its Working Group (WG) on APIs under PSD2. The clarifications respond to issues raised on the confirmation of payment execution, biometrics and authentication on mobile apps, access to non-payment account information, stress testing, qualified eIDAS certificates for Account Servicing Payment Service Providers (ASPSPs), the 4 times per day access by Account Initiation Service Providers (AISPs), and the Sharing of payment account number with Payment Initiation Service Providers (PISPs).

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Data protection rules as a trust-enabler in the EU and beyond – taking stock

30 July 2019

The General Data Protection Regulation (hereafter ‘the Regulation’) applies across the European Union since over one year. It is at the centre of a coherent and modernised EU data protection landscape that also includes the Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive and the Data Protection Regulation for EU institutions and bodies. This framework is to be completed by the e-Privacy Regulation which is currently in the legislative process.

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Further details of Independent Investigation into London Capital and Finance announced

29 July 2019

Dame Elizabeth Gloster, has made a first announcement of how she will conduct the investigation into the relevant events relating to the regulation of London Capital & Finance plc. She aims to engage with bondholders, professional organisations and other interested parties in an organised and structured way so that she can address the issues which are relevant to her investigation.   Continue reading…

Further details of Independent Investigation into London Capital and Finance announced

26 July 2019

Dame Elizabeth Gloster, has made a first announcement of how she will conduct the investigation into the relevant events relating to the regulation of London Capital & Finance plc. Dame Elizabeth aims to engage with bondholders, professional organisations and other interested parties in an organised and structured way so that she can address the issues which are relevant to her investigation. Continue reading…

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FTC Imposes $5 Billion Penalty and Sweeping New Privacy Restrictions on Facebook

25 July 2019

Facebook, Inc. will pay a record-breaking $5 billion penalty, and submit to new restrictions and a modified corporate structure that will hold the company accountable for the decisions it makes about its users’ privacy, to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the company violated a 2012 FTC order by deceiving users about their ability to control the privacy of their personal information. Highest Penalties in Privacy Enforcement Actions – $148 million States vs. Uber, $230 million British Authority vs. British Airways (proposed), $275 million CFPB and States vs. Equifax, $5 billion FTC vs. Facebook. Source: Federal Trade Commission. FTC.govThe $5 billion penalty against Facebook is the largest ever imposed on any company for violating consumers’ privacy and almost 20 times greater than the largest privacy or data security penalty ever imposed worldwide. It is one of the largest penalties ever assessed by the U.S. government for any violation. Continue reading…