Credit card specialist Newday has been fined £230,000 by the Information Commisioners Office (ICO) after they failed to ensure automated emails were sent to individuals who had consented to receive marketing. Newday was fined £230,000 after it was found to have sent over 44 million spam emails. Andy Curry, ICO Enforcement Group Manager, said “Firms…

Consumer insight specialist, Callcredit Information Group, is predicting the emergence of a dual speed data economy as the phased adoption of Open Banking starts on 13th January 2018. Callcredit anticipates a gap will emerge between those businesses that are willing and able to harness the additional potential insights and enhanced consumer benefits Open Banking brings,…

The HM Treasury has announced the appointment of Charles Randell CBE as the new Chair of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Randell is currently an external member of the Prudential Regulation Committee of the Bank of England and a non-executive board member of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Randell will take up…

The government has created a new body which will operate within the FCA to further tighten the UK’s defences against money laundering. The Office for Professional Body AML Supervision (OPBAS) will work across the UK’s anti-money laundering supervisory regime, aiming to improve standards and ensure supervisors and law enforcement work together more effectively. It will…

Plans to protect people from unresolved debts which can damage credit ratings without them knowing have been outlined by the Government. It has launched a consultation on how County Court Judgments (CCJs) are issued after concerns were raised that some rogue companies were deliberately sending claims to consumers using incorrect addresses. Credit ratings can be…

ABCUL (Association of British Credit Unions) is looking to raise awareness loan shark activity in the UK. The news of this credit union activity comes as a review by the Financial Conduct Authority has been published aiming to shed light on loan shark activities. While it concludes that there is no evidence that the FCA’s…

Five banks have announced that they will fail to be able to fully comply with ‘Open Banking’ rules by the CMA’s deadline of 13 January 2018. The five banks are HSBC, Barclays, RBS, Bank of Ireland and Santander’s private banking unit Carter Allen. Under the changes, firms such as challenger or online banks will be granted…

With only six months to go to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a worrying 76% of organisations have yet to review products to ensure they are GDPR compliant, finds new research launched today by Callcredit Information Group. Yet marketers’ confidence isn’t wavered by this with a large majority (84%) thinking that those who must…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published an updated consultation on rules to help customers in persistent credit card debt. This follows an April 2017 consultation paper on proposed remedies to help millions of people get out of expensive longer-term credit card debt. These include firms, at designated timeframes, prompting customers to make faster repayments…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a package of proposals on how firms and individuals will move to the Senior Managers and Certification Regime. The aim of the new regime is to make individuals more accountable for their conduct and competence. Earlier this year, the FCA consulted on extending the new regime to almost…

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