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BNPL Report ID’s Concerns Around Consumer Data, Debt Accumulation

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has continued its investigation into the viability, benefits and risks of the Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) industry and, as such, released a new report laying out a roadmap to protect consumers who wade into the space.


FinCEN Looks to Expand Data Sharing to Fight International Fintech Crime

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is taking the first steps to launch an expansion of an international data sharing program aimed at combating money laundering and other financial crimes.


N. Korean Hackers Enjoy 'Banner Year' Of Crypto Crime: Report

North Korean hackers ripped off investment firms and exchanges for almost $400 million worth of cryptocurrency last year. So reports Wired.


Chinese Officials Fearful Crypto Mining Could Threaten Power Grid During Winter Season

Chinese officials looking to tighten their reins on the cryptocurrency industry have turned their attention toward miners hiding in storage facilities and disguising themselves as data researchers. So reports Bloomberg.


Blockchain Hacks Drop Dramatically

In recent years, hackers lifted an enormous $14 billion from blockchain-related attacks. However the number of successful attacks appears to be dropping drastically, according to data from Atlas VPN.


Bitfinex Will Pay Handsomely to Ensure Recovery of Hacked BTC

Bitfinex is offering a $400 million reward for the safe return of more than $1.3 billion worth of Bitcoins stolen in 2016. So reports The Next Web.


McAfee Bolsters 'Ghost' Brand with New Data-service

Tech mogul John McAfee added to his “Ghost” network with the beta-launch of a “privacy-centric cell phone data service.” So reports Bitcoin News.


Winklevoss Gemini Exchange First of Its Kind to Win Top Security Classification

The Winklevoss brothers' crypto custodian and exchange, Gemini, was awarded a new security classification. So reports Cointelegraph.


Fintech Fraud Target of Trade Group, FTC

The Online Lenders Alliance released a new anti-fraud best-practices report (PDF) to guide its membership and protect borrowers.

Among some of the initiatives the trade association has undertaken include “a robust web-crawling initiative” targeted at improper behavior in the fintech arena, a consumer hotline sponsored by the Online Lenders Alliance (OLA), a seal of approval and regular reporting to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

"No trade association does more than OLA to police its own industry," said Mary Jackson, CEO of OLA. "We crawl hundreds of thousands of websites to make sure the industry and our members are complying with our best practices. If we see a company engaging in illegal or deceptive behavior, we call them out, and if changes are not made, we report them to the authorities."

According to information from the organization, the OLA’s membership accounts for 80% of online lending in the U.S. Its recent report is geared toward protecting borrowers from abuse and fraud and the group notes its standards surpass regulatory benchmarks.

The organization says it has reviewed in excess of 1 million URL’s since 2016 for alleged misleading advertising, finding fault with 132,000 sites. In 98% of those cases, the companies cited took corrective action. Those that did not, the group claims, were reported to the FTC.

The report also details who is borrowing online and ways fintech companies partner with banks and other entities to expand credit access. "Fintech companies are providing new and innovative products, financial literacy courses, and the ability for consumers to build their credit," said Jackson. "Our members offer a more affordable, flexible, and convenient alternative to payday lenders."

FTC Launches Task Force to Monitor U.S. Tech Markets

The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition launched a new task force to monitor U.S. technology markets, investigate misconduct and take action if warranted, the organization announced.

“The role of technology in the economy and in our lives grows more important every day,” said FTC Chairman Joe Simons. “As I’ve noted in the past, it makes sense for us to closely examine technology markets to ensure consumers benefit from free and fair competition. Our ongoing Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century are a crucial step to deepen our understanding of these markets and potential competitive issues. The Technology Task Force is the next step in that effort.”

The task force is modeled after the Merger Litigation Task Force initiated in 2002, led by Simons in his capacity as director of Bureau of Competition. The new initiative will include approximately 17 attorneys and a Technology Fellow from several of the bureau’s divisions. Their expertise will include “online advertising, social networking, mobile operating systems and apps, and platform businesses,” according to the FTC.

Task Force Leadership

  • Patricia Galvan, Deputy Assistant Director of the Mergers III Division
  • Krisha Cerilli, Counsel to the Director
  • Bruce Hoffman, Bureau Director
  • Gail Levine, Deputy Director
  • Daniel Franice, Associate Director for Digital Markets

“Technology markets, which are rapidly evolving and touch so many other sectors of the economy, raise distinct challenges for antitrust enforcement,” said Bureau Director Bruce Hoffman. “By centralizing our expertise and attention, the new task force will be able to focus on these markets exclusively – ensuring they are operating pursuant to the antitrust laws, and taking action where they are not.”


6 Steps to Data-Driven Transformation

We’re now well into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The First Industrial Revolution was about steam and railroads, the Second about electricity, and the Third brought about by the Internet. AI, the basis of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, will completely change the way business is done and companies are run in the next five to ten years, just as the Internet has done in the last ten. The transformation will be bigger than that any previous revolution has brought about.


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