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CFPB proposes new federal oversight of Big Tech companies and other providers of digital wallets and payment apps

By November 7, 2023November 10th, 2023No Comments

On November 7, 2023, the CFPB issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to supervise larger nonbank companies that offer services like digital wallets and payment apps. The proposed rule, if finalized, would be one part of the CFPB’s efforts to supervise the entry of large technology firms, including Big Tech giants, into consumer financial markets.

The rule proposed today would ensure that these nonbank financial companies – specifically those larger companies handling more than 5 million transactions per year – adhere to the same rules as large banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions already supervised by the CFPB.

The proposed rule would subject larger nonbank digital consumer payment companies to the CFPB’s authority to conduct examinations, helping to ensure consistent application of federal consumer financial laws across the marketplace. Specifically, the proposed rule would help ensure these large nonbank companies:

– Adhere to applicable funds transfer, privacy, and other consumer protection laws: The CFPB would be able to supervise larger participants for compliance with applicable federal consumer financial protection laws, which includes applicable protections against unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts and practices, rights of consumers transferring money, and privacy rights.

– Play by the same rules as banks and credit unions: The CFPB’s supervision of these large companies can foster a level playing field with depository institutions. Greater supervision of nonbanks in this market would ensure federal consumer financial protection law is enforced consistently between non-depository and depository institutions in order to promote fair competition.

Comments on the proposed rule are due by January 8, 2024.

The proposed rule can be found here:

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