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Adoption of a new European legal framework applicable to cross-border electronic identification and e-signatures

The European Parliament and the Council adopted on 23 July 2014 a regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the Internal Market (the "Regulation"). Before that, the Directive on...more

Mobile payments update

Any mobile payment this summer? As you probably know, this is an ever growing market. According to a study of the Politecnico of Milan, the new “Mobile and App Economy” was worth 25.4 billion euro in 2013 and can reach...more

Bitcoin Regulatory Update: CFPB Issues Consumer Advisory Regarding Virtual Currencies, Begins Accepting Complaints

On August 11, 2014, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (“CFBP”) issued a consumer advisory warning customers of the potential risks associated with virtual currencies....more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - August 2014

In This Issue: - Lawmakers Urge Fed to Clarify Emergency Lending Rules - CFPB Pushing Colleges to Be More Transparent in Bank Deals - Report Finds Reversal in Trend Toward Subprime Auto Loans - CFPB Concerned...more

Blurred Lines

Mobile payments are taking off, and by 2017, consumers worldwide are likely to be using the technology to spend $700 billion or more annually, according to Forrester Research. But as technology companies look for ways to...more

CFPB Issues Consumer Advisory Concerning Risks of Virtual Currencies; Announces it Will Accept Consumer Complaints Regarding...

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) issued a consumer advisory (the “Advisory”) in which it describes risks faced by consumers when engaging in transactions that involve virtual currencies. The CFPB also...more

CFPB Issues Consumer Advisory on the “Wild West” of the Virtual Currency Economy

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently issued a consumer advisory summarizing the purported risks of virtual currencies, and announced that it would begin collecting complaints from the public regarding...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Releases Virtual Currency Advisory

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an advisory on the risks of virtual currencies. The advisory was issued two months after the Government Accountability Office requested that the CFPB look more...more

CFPB Announces Two Actions Related To Virtual Currencies

On August 11, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB or Bureau) issued a “consumer advisory” concerning virtual currency and also announced that it would begin accepting consumer complaints about virtual currency...more

The NYS Department of Financial Services Throws in Its “Two Bits” on Bitcoins

On July 17, 2014, New York State’s Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) announced proposed regulations for virtual currency companies operating in New York. Because the leading virtual currency is known as “Bitcoin,” the...more

New York Becomes First State to Propose Virtual Currency Regulations

On July 17, 2014, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) became the first state agency to release proposed regulations specifically governing the crypto-currency industry. The proposed regulations were...more

Special Alert: Recent Regulatory Actions Impacting Virtual Currency Ecosystem

On July 17, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) proposed a rule intended to govern the virtual currency marketplace. The proposed rule is extremely broad and as currently drafted would appear to capture...more

CFPB issues consumer advisory on virtual currencies and begins taking virtual currency complaints

In conjunction with issuing a consumer advisory today on virtual currencies, the CFPB announced that it is now taking complaints about virtual currency products and services. The CFPB’s actions follows the issuance of a...more

Payment Cards Security Standards Organization Publishes Third-Party Security Assurance Guidance

On August 7, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), the open global forum responsible for setting payment security standards, published an information supplement titled “Third-Party Security Assurance Guidance,” which...more

CFPB Cautions on Bitcoin and Begins Collecting Complaints on Virtual Currencies

The CFPB has issued a useful consumer advisory on virtual currencies. The advisory notes Bitcoin transactions may not be anonymous and “Information about each and every Bitcoin transaction is publicly shared and stored...more

The Empire State Strikes Back: New York Proposes Rules for Virtual Currency

The New York State Department of Financial Services (the “Department”) recently published its proposed rules and regulations (the “Proposed Rules”) for vendors conducting business involving virtual currency. The Proposed...more

Dutch court rules that asking clients to share their personal banking security credentials is unlawful

On Wednesday 30 July 2014, the District Court of Midden-Nederland ruled in preliminary relief proceedings (kort geding) that AFAS Software B.V. (AFAS) is acting unlawfully and must desist from asking customers of ING Bank...more

FTC Examines Pre-Download Consumer Disclosures of Mobile Shopping Applications; Makes Recommendations Applicable to All Consumer...

Continuing its examination of consumer protection issues in the mobile payments sphere, on August 1, 2014, the FTC released a staff report examining the pre-download disclosures of mobile shopping applications to evaluate the...more

FTC Combats ‘Cramming’ in Mobile Apps and Services

In a recently released staff report, the Federal Trade Commission makes several recommendations designed to reduce “mobile cramming.” Cramming occurs when consumers access or enroll in third-party services through a mobile...more

Cybersecurity as an Investment Risk

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi) have weighed in on the cybersecurity issue from an investor’s point of view in their paper called What investors need to know...more

All That Glitters Is Bitcoins?

What does an Irish electronic repairman, a sheriff from Kentucky, and a Finnish software developer all have in common? They are all getting paid in the hottest technological trend since Al Gore created the Internet: the...more

Mobile Application: Security Best Practices

The industry for mobile applications is growing rapidly. As companies and independent developers look to gain—or strengthen—footholds in this competitive space, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asks, “… is security keeping...more

Honing in on the new rules for the transfer of personal data outside of the EEA

Although no major legislative milestones for the EU Data Protection Regulation have occurred since March 2014 (see status update here), there has been some progress over the late spring and early summer of 2014. One key item...more

Secretary of the Treasury Lew Urges Financial Institutions to Enhance Their Cybersecurity Defenses

Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew presented remarks at a conference hosted by CNBC and Institutional Investor in which he urged financial institutions to increase their cybersecurity defense efforts because cyber...more

New York DFS Proposes Sweeping Virtual Currency Licensing Scheme

Yesterday, the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) issued a proposed rule for public comment setting forth a novel and comprehensive “BitLicense” regulatory scheme for entities engaged in “Virtual Currency...more

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