CFPB Targets Digital Payment Platforms with Banking Rules

New rule will target Google, Apple, Zelle, and other tech firms

Nov 7, 2023

On Tuesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced new rules targeting the tech sector that would require digital payment platforms and wallets to comply with supervisory regulations typically reserved for large banks and credit unions. The proposal, which comes as the use of digital payment platforms in retail grows, is expected to require CFPB compliance examinations at 17 companies including Google, Apple, PayPal and Block.

“The CFPB’s proposal is more about giving Wall Street a leg up than protecting consumers,” said Chamber of Progress Financial Policy Director Janay Eyo. “Consumers love payment apps because they’re accessible, inclusive, and user-friendly – unlike big banks. Rather than trying to make fintech services work like banks, the CFPB should be working to make banks as accessible as fintechs.”


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