The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) on Thursday unveiled its fintech development roadmap for the coming three years, relaxing its regulations on consumer data sharing and corporate account opening while introducing a new fintech license.
From next year, financial holding companies’ subsidiaries would be allowed to share consumer data with one another if they have obtained their customers’ consent, Department of Planning Deputy Director Brenda Hu (胡則華) told a news conference in New Taipei City.
This would help companies in assessing risks in doing business with new clients, Hu added.
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It would also enable financial holding companies to build bigger databases and risk assessment models for common use by its subsidiaries, which would be more effective and cost-saving than having individual units set up their own databases and models, Hu added.
For example, Cathay Financial Holding Co (國泰金控) could set up a consumer database for its units, such as Cathay Life Insurance Co (國泰人壽) and Cathay United Bank (國泰世華銀行), so the subsidiaries could know their customers better, the commission said.
“However, companies should share consumer data to a reasonable degree and the FSC would implement a new mechanism to ensure that they only share data for the purpose of risk management and not marketing,” Hu said.
While consumer data sharing marks a milestone in the nation’s move into open banking, the commission would leverage the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority experience in promoting such a practice to avoid bad outcomes, such as improper use of consumer data or customer discrimination, the commission said.
The FSC would consider broadening the scope of consumer data sharing to non-affiliated financial firms, such as start-up fintech companies in 2022 or to non-financial companies, such as telecoms and electronic commerce firms, in 2022 or 2023, it said.
Meanwhile, as more businesses are establishing a presence online amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the commission is considering allowing more types of companies to open online corporate bank accounts by 2022.
Currently the commission only allows sole proprietorships or single-shareholder companies to open online corporate accounts to prevent potential disputes.
The commission is considering expanding the measure to include companies with three shareholders or fewer, Banking Bureau Deputy Director-General Lin Chih-chi (林志吉) said.
While the use of corporate seals might seem an unusual custom in many foreign countries, it is still popular in Taiwan and some Asian countries, but if more companies are allowed to open online accounts, they might become redundant, Lin said.
The commission would study the issue further and would relax its regulations on corporate online accounts by phases, Lin said.
Given a lack of fintech talent in Taiwan, the commission would introduce a new fintech license by 2022, rewarding companies that have more licensed fintech staff by prioritizing their applications to conduct fintech businesses, Hu said.
“Some talent in the technology field are interested in changing careers and transferring to the financial industry, but they do not know how to do that. If they pass the exam and obtain a license, it could be their ticket” to the finance industry, Hu said.
What topics should be included in the fintech license exam has not been finalized, she added.
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