The CFPB proposed a “product sandbox” and certain safe harbors for fintechs; Revolut received an EU banking license; Robinhood faced scrutiny over its plan to offer SIPC-insured checking and savings accounts; Bitwala established Germany’s first “crypto bank”; Facebook could be facing over $1B in fines for recent data breaches; and Plaid raised $250M in new funding.
The SEC reached settlements with two firms that conducted unregistered ICOs; Bitcoin Cash split over concerns around proposed network changes; the NYDFS granted a new BitLicense to the New York Digital Investment Group; France intends to introduce new ICO rules early next year; Revolut hopes to raise $500 million to bankroll its expansion into the U.S. market; the head of the IMF encouraged central banks to consider adopting cryptocurrencies; and the Economist explores the impact of quantum computing on encryption and data security.
The CFPB has a new head of its Office of Innovation and is developing a regulatory sandbox; Coinbase received SEC and FINRA approval to offer tokenized securities on its platform; challenger bank Revolut reported suspected money laundering on its platform to U.K. authorities; Columbia University and IBM partnered on a new blockchain research center; and PayPal led a $50M investment round in merchant payments firm PPRO.
Gemini will work with Nasdaq on compliance and fraud monitoring; there is a new draft framework for the U.S. Faster Payments Council; cryptocurrencies are increasingly being used for criminal activities; Barclays and PayPal partnered; and Revolut raised $250M, getting a $1.7B valuation.
SEC Chairman affirms stance on ICOs; Cleveland Fed says P2P loans look “predatory”; bug potentially freezes over $100M of Ethereum; Apple gets into in-app P2P payments; Revolut applies for an EU banking license; and Deutsche Bank CEO says robots are coming for your bank jobs.