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States endorse the CFPB’s rule to regulate fintechs

Fintech State Attorney General Comment Letter CFPB

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Recently, 19 state attorneys general submitted a comment letter supporting the CFPB’s proposed rule that would expand the CFPB’s supervisory authority to regulate nonbank fintech firms that offer digital payment services. They emphasized the importance of regulating nonbank financial institutions, including popular digital payment applications. The proposed rule aims to protect consumers from fraud, unregulated investment risks, and data privacy concerns. It addresses issues such as the lack of FDIC insurance for funds stored in digital payment applications, customer service problems, and potential risks associated with investment activities. The state attorneys general commend the CFPB for exercising its authority to improve the regulation of consumer financial products and urge prompt publication and implementation of the final rule.