Banks have traditionally been considered the “owners” of whatever data they manage to collect on their customers. But that entrenched viewpoint was challenged by Open Banking, an initiative of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority. Under this model, the consumer owns his or her data. Now the concept is spreading not only to other parts of the world but to non-payment financial products and services via Open Finance.
Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)
Financial audits can inspire apprehension, but a rigorous, thorough, high-quality audit is crucial in helping a business to meet its goals and expectations. Multidisciplinary firms, offering audit alongside other services, are proving to be invaluable as technology renders businesses’ situations and requirements more complicated. But regulators aren’t as convinced that they are up to the task. What is the case for the multidisciplinary model in the increasingly complex Information Age?
With the implementation of the Open Banking Standard, the United Kingdom embarked on a new era of openly accessible customer financial data, which should result in greatly improved products and services. If financial institutions work together to innovatively collect, analyse and share data, customers’ needs will be most efficiently satisfied; that is why Open Banking is not confined to the UK but is spreading worldwide.
Shouldn’t customers in Europe be “all in” for Open Banking, which promises to give them control over their data and open the door to much improved financial products and services? Instead, customers have been slow to embrace the Open era, fearing their data may be compromised. Financial services providers have their work cut out to persuade customers to cross this new frontier.
Until very recently, financial data pertaining to a customer’s account information was made available only to his/her own bank. But since January 13, those rules have changed.