The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority’s David Geale on FinTech regulation

By Jim Bulling and Michelle Chasser

On 27 September 2017, Fintech Melbourne in partnership with the UK’s Department for International Trade hosted an event on FinTech regulation with the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) Director of Policy David Geale.

Interesting points from the night included:

  • The FCA has been, and continues to be, actively involved in engaging in dialogue with industry participants, both large firms and smaller start-ups.
  • As with other global regulators, the FCA is currently focused on blockchain, its potential effect on the market and the FCA’s role. The FCA released a discussion paper on distributed ledger technology earlier this year
  • The FCA recently issued an initial coin offering consumer alert.
  • The number of firms applying for the FCA’s regulatory sandbox exceeded initial expectations.
  • Some of the more interesting concepts that David has seen come through the sandbox put existing technology to a different use such as alternative credit scoring methods (eg using social media) and connected insurance (eg using fitbit data to determine insurance premiums).
  • Some UK firms have been experimenting with using videos to convey regulatory disclosures.
  • Digital identity and open banking are areas of interest going forward.

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