Federal Oversight Increases for PayPal Venmo, Apple Pay, Google and other Tech Giants

Federal Oversight Increases for PayPal Venmo, Apple Pay, Google and other Tech Giants
Federal Oversight Increases for PayPal Venmo, Apple Pay, Google and other Tech Giants

Hey FinTech Fanatic,

The U.S. government is considering applying bank-like oversight to major tech companies like Apple, Google, and PayPal, which manage digital payments through their apps.

This proposed regulation, spearheaded by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), aims to introduce routine checks similar to those conducted on traditional banks. The intent is to safeguard the growing number of Americans using mobile payment services for everyday transactions.

This move has triggered significant pushback from the tech industry, concerned about the broad scope of the regulatory powers, which could lead to invasive scrutiny. Tech industry lobbyists are actively trying to curtail these powers, fearing potential investigations and penalties that could extend beyond payment services to other business areas.

The CFPB's proposal comes in response to increasing complaints about issues such as fraudulent charges and account errors with mobile payment apps. The agency believes that the same oversight given to banks should extend to tech companies handling substantial consumer transactions, to ensure compliance with federal consumer protection laws.

Despite the tech industry's strong resistanceโ€”predicting possible legal challengesโ€”the CFPB maintains that the regulation is essential for equal consumer protection, whether payments are processed by banks or tech firms.

The agency is considering using its existing authority to start regulating high-risk companies even before finalizing its rules. This stance is supported by consumer advocacy groups and some state officials who see a pressing need for more stringent oversight to protect consumers from risks associated with digital payments.

Read more interesting FinTech industry updates below and I'll be back in your inbox on Monday (straight from Bali ๐Ÿ˜‰).

Cheers,

Marcel


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OPEN BANKING NEWS

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DIGITAL BANKING NEWS

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BLOCKCHAIN/CRYPTO NEWS

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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Prague-based Birdwingo secures โ‚ฌ1.2 million for their financial education and investment platform. Birdwingoโ€™s app is unique in the EU, allowing underage teenagers to invest in popular stocks and ETFs, such as Apple, Nvidia, and the S&P 500, among over 12,000 additional options. 

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M&A

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MOVERS & SHAKERS

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๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง OneBanx welcomes former Vocalink CEO Gregor Dobbie to Board of Directors. This strategic move is poised to significantly enhance OneBanxโ€™s industry footprint, leveraging Dobbieโ€™s extensive experience in driving innovation and excellence in financial services.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DailyPay appoints Brett Pitts to its Board of Directors. Pitts, an accomplished leader in the banking and payments industries, brings decades of experience to DailyPay from prominent financial institutions and financial services companies where he drove innovation as an executive leader and board member.



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