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Recommendation: The Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System should engage in collaborative discussions with other relevant financial regulators in a group that includes all relevant stakeholders and has defined agency roles and outcomes to address issues related to consumers' use of account aggregation services. (Recommendation 6)
Agency: Federal Reserve System: Board of Governors Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: In a May 2018 letter, the Chair of the Federal Reserve Board noted that the Federal Reserve recognizes the importance of working together to determine how best to encourage socially beneficial innovation in the marketplace, while ensuring that consumers' interests are protected. The letter noted that the Federal Reserve staff have been meeting with other regulators and industry participants. The Chair states that the Federal Reserve will continue to facilitate and engage in collaborative discussions with other relevant financial regulators in these and other settings to help market participants address the important issues surrounding reimbursement for consumers who use financial account aggregators and experience unauthorized transactions. In October 2018, Federal Reserve staff advised us that issues related to data aggregation were discussed at a June 28, 2018 meeting of the Fintech Interagency Discussion Group, which includes OCC, the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. They noted they are monitoring private sector efforts related to resolving data aggregation issues and that they expect to hold additional discussions among the regulator about these issues in the future. In March 2019, the agency noted that it continues to collaborate on this issue. We plan to follow up with Federal Reserve staff to obtain updates on these efforts in the future.
Recommendation: The Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation should engage in collaborative discussions with other relevant financial regulators in a group that includes all relevant stakeholders and has defined agency roles and outcomes to address issues related to consumers' use of account aggregation services. (Recommendation 7)
Agency: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: In November 2018, FDIC staff confirmed that they have engaged in collaborative discussions with other relevant financial regulators regarding issues related to consumers' use of account aggregation services and associated liability issues. We followed up in April 2019 and they confirmed that their collaboration had yet to produce outcomes that would satisfy the recommendation.