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Chopra says CFPB is examining industry standard settings
On November 2, CFPB Director Rohit Chopra delivered prepared remarks before a public meeting of the Bureau’s Consumer Advisory Board briefly touching upon on several topics related to the Buy Now Pay Later market, big tech and data collection, peer-to-peer payment platforms, and Section 1033 rulemaking concerning consumers’ rights to their personal financial data. Notably, Chopra raised an area of discussion concerning industry standard-setting organizations and providers of critical infrastructure. Recognizing that private organizations play a major role in setting standards across sectors of the economy, Chopra emphasized that “[d]ecentralized, open banking will likely rely on fair standard-setting, through an amalgam of legally binding rules and industry developed standards.” He warned though that it “can be difficult to achieve fair standard-setting, since incumbents will have a strong economic interest when it comes to protecting their turf.” Chopra pointed to the telecommunications and health care industries as areas where private organizations “are not neutral, but are instead owned or governed by certain market participants” and where other players may also integrate a function akin to a lobbying or trade association. Explaining that the Bureau has been devoting a lot of time to this space, Chopra said the agency is gathering insights into other countries’ experiences, such as the UK’s Open Banking Implementation Entity (which was established to provide critical services and infrastructure), as well as domestic developments. He stated the Bureau will develop rulemaking with a practical mindset of how requirements would be operationalized in the market.