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Facebook: the new Credit Reporting Agency?

Iif Facebook is selling information about a consumer’s general reputation—trustworthiness—to third parties that might reasonably be expected to use it for credit, insurance, or employment, it’s a CRA, and that means it’s subject to a host of regulatory requirements as well as civil liability, including statutory damages for willful noncompliance.”
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Companies

Payments Processor Square Inc. Withdraws Banking License Application: Statement

“San Francisco-based payments processor Square Inc. (SQ.N) said on Thursday it had withdrawn its regulatory application to open a deposit-taking bank, but that the company plans to refile its paperwork at a later date. The fintech firm last year applied with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) for a special “industrial loan company (ILC)” license that, […]
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Betterment Faces Questions From Regulator After Launching Checking and Savings Accounts

“Regulators have asked online wealth advisor Betterment to clarify some details surrounding its new checking and savings accounts just hours after they were launched. The digital wealth-management start-up unveiled new accounts that offer as much as a 2.69% annual yield. But Betterment was asked to provide more specifics to one of its regulators almost immediately […]
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Regulation

State regulators renew legal fight over federal charter for fintechs

“State bank regulators on Thursday sued a federal agency that they say is overstepping its bounds by offering national bank charters to financial technology startups. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which oversees national banks, this summer finalized plans to put forward a limited charter for fintech companies, allowing those firms to operate across […]
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Japanese Online Retailer Rakuten Seeks U.S. Bank Charter

“Japanese online merchant Rakuten Inc. wants to open a bank in Utah to offer loans, credit cards and other financial services to customers of its existing U.S. cashback-shopping business, the company said Friday. “We’re going to focus on that customer base we already have,” said Lee Carter, the new head of banking development at Rakuten […]