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New York DFS Tightens Cybersecurity Gaps

Equifax takes no deposits and makes no loans, but New York now says that it, as well as all other consumer reporting agencies, must protect consumer data to the same degree as banks and other financial institutions. On...more

Future of CFPB’s Arbitration Rule Unknown as Republicans Eye Congressional Review Act

On June 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a final rule attacking the use of class action waivers in arbitration clauses in certain consumer contracts. The new rule prohibits covered...more

Fintech Firm Shut Down and Fined by the FTC

A financial technology firm and its CEO have agreed to pay $104 million to resolve the FTC’s allegation that they misled consumers into providing sensitive personal and financial information, which was later sold without...more

Scratching the Surface: The FTC’s Phishing Tips for Victim Companies Are a Good First Step but Companies Should Not Stop There

In one type of phishing, fraudsters impersonate your business when contacting consumers. Phishing victims think they’re giving information to your company — by phone or Internet —but instead give personal or financial...more

NAIC Draws Line In CFPB Sand Box

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has taken a firm stance on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed ban of “mandatory arbitration” clauses that make financial product consumers waive their right...more

Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks...more

NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has taken a firm stance on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed ban on "mandatory arbitration" clauses that make financial product consumers waive their right...more

CFPB Grabs for SEC/CFTC Turf

In May, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a ban on “mandatory arbitration” contract clauses that make financial products consumers waive their right to join class actions. Broker-dealers,...more

A Truckload of Trouble for the CFPB

Within days after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau started operations, a truckload of boxes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development arrived at the CFPB Office of Enforcement. The boxes held evidence from...more

Notice and Comment Like a Rock Star

Musicians know they’ve created a hit when thirty-somethings have known all the song’s words since middle school. Likewise, most consumer finance lawyers recall verbatim Regulation Z’s guidance to lenders that, “The annual...more

Two Reasons Two Fellows from Fargo Could Facilitate Financial Fraud

For most Americans, the term "money laundering" conjures an image of boxes of currency flown to the United States via seaplane—or former dictators paying cash for multimillion-dollar homes in swanky communities. Virtually no...more

Why Banks Should Pay Attention to the Payday Rule

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed regulations that, if implemented, will reshape the small-dollar lending environment. At the same time, bankers and purchase-money lenders exhaled a collective sigh...more

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