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Statutory Review of the Consumer Data Right

20 May 2022

The ABA makes a number of recommendations to improve the rollout of the Consumer Data Right, including prioritising changes that benefit consumers the most, simplify and streamline regulatory requirements and prioritise broader payments reforms before rolling out write-access.

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Extension of the Consumer Data Right to non-bank lending

14 April 2022

Response to Treasury's consultation on the extension of the Consumer Data Right to non-bank lending. In this submission, the ABA responds to some issues raised in the discussion paper and provides comment based on the experience of banks in implementing the CDR.

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Digital Identity Legislation

27 October 2021

ABA reiterates our view that there is significant potential economic benefit in the government’s digital identity initiative for consumers and businesses. The development of both government and private sector digital identity systems is needed to achieve wider adoption, and therefore realise the potential economic benefits of this government policy. That will continue to depend on whether the proposed legislative framework provides clarity, ensures robust privacy safeguards for users, provides flexibility to innovate and incentives to participate, while minimising the potential for conflicting or inconsistent data and privacy obligations for participants.

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Australia’s cyber security regulations and incentives

27 August 2021

The ABA sees an important role for government in coordinating messaging and cyber security uplift efforts across stakeholder groups and sectors, and setting clear expectations of what entities should do to protect themselves and their customers. The ABA acknowledges that there is a difficult but important balance to be struck between, on the one hand, economy wide, consistent cyber security regulatory requirements that improve the nation’s cyber risk position and, on the other hand, more specific or targeted measures which need to respond to specific risks and/or levels of risk. Further clarity will also be required for entities that may be indirectly subject to SOCI Act requirements, and for entities that may move in and out of the SOCI Act regime. The ABA seeks further information about the legal form that the governance standards would take and what legal standing (if any) the standards would have. The ABA asks for clarity on the interaction between the proposed standards and other regulatory regimes.

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ABA InfoSec Standards – Position Paper

23 July 2021

Incorporating responses to Data Standards Body consultation: Decision Proposals 182. CDR Information Security Recommendations Ensuring that the appropriate technical standards for information security are put in place to enable the CDR is vital. These technical standards need to accommodate both an extension in scope for open banking, as well as setting the template for expansion of the CDR to other sectors of the economy. This paper makes the following recommendations: 1. Adopt FAPI 2.0 for future best practice 2. Ensure and Preserve Interoperability

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CDR Proposal for Purpose-based Consent

23 July 2021

The proposed solution put forward in DP-183 refers to a principle of ‘Purpose-based consent’. Purpose-Based Consents are a way to encode all of the required dimensions and granularity for a specific use case. Unfortunately, this specificity leads to a consequent loss in flexibility. DP-183 highlights read-only use cases which are not currently covered; however, the same principles and requirements are even stronger to enable read-write access.

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Opt-Out Joint Account Data Sharing Model

26 May 2021

Whilst the ABA supports the principle of a simple CDR, we question the ability to develop a ‘one-size-fits-all-sectors’ approach to joint accounts. The ABA supports retaining the current opt-in approach. The proposed opt-out approach is not supported on the basis that it undermines the foundational principle of the CDR, which is informed consent. We are of the view that it is not feasible to nominate an industry preferred option at this point.

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Response to Senate Select Committee on Fintech and RegTech

17 December 2020

The ABA urges the development of an overarching strategy for data and information privacy to underpin the transition to a digital economy and provide a consistent framework for future reforms. Co-ordination will be critical to achieve the intended outcomes. The data economy has the real and exciting potential to generate jobs and opportunities for servicing the needs of all Australians. Technology and digital capability are the mechanisms by which banking will continue to develop.

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ABA Commentary on Proposed Expansions to CDR Rules 2020

29 October 2020

The ABA does not support the proposed segmentation of banking data into high, medium, and low risk. The speed at which the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) intends to finalise the draft Rules is concerning, especially given risks which have been raised in the Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA). The ABA does not believe that it is possible for the ACCC to mitigate the risks raised in the PIA and concurrently resolve the questions and concerns raised in this submission by December 2020. The ABA is particularly concerned with negative impacts the speed of implementation will have on smaller banks. The ABA is also concerned that consumers may be overwhelmed with the level of complexity in the proposed Rules which may make them less likely to participate in the CDR. Trust in the security of the CDR is paramount to its success. The ABA urges the ACCC to reconsider the intention to finalise these rules by December 2020 and seeks a meeting with the ACCC to discuss the concerns raised in this submission

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Consumer Data Right On-boarding – Feedback

23 October 2020

The ABA believes that this process flow will benefit from an additional step ‘Testing’. The ABA recommends that testing stages which are aligned to those documented in the ACCC’s ‘Assurance Strategy Consumer Data Right’ (28/8/19) should be implemented for all data holders.

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