Fraud & Cybersecurity

CBA supports strong national data protection and consumer notification standards with effective enforcement provisions that are applicable to any party with access to important consumer financial information. CBA members are already subject to robust data protection and notification standards and these requirements must be recognized. Inconsistent state laws and regulations should be preempted in favor of strong Federal data protection and notification standards. CBA firmly holds that all parties must share in protecting consumers and, as such, the costs of a data breach should ultimately be borne by the entity that incurs the breach. Protecting consumer data is a shared responsibility, and merchants must have the same tough data security standards as financial institutions to thwart hackers as well as the ability to accept chip-based cards.
  • February 3, 2014
    Re: Hearing Titled “Safeguarding Consumers’ Financial Data” Dear Chairman Warner and Senator Kirk: The undersigned organizations representing the financial services industry are writing to commend you for holding this hearing on the recent breaches of sensitive consumer financial and personal information at several major retailers across the country. The financial services industry stands ready...
  • January 31, 2014
    Exam Format Changes May Expedite Exam Reports The CFPB has announced it is changing the format of its exam reports. According to a statement by the bureau, they believe this change will expedite the time it takes banks to receive final exam reports: “We anticipate that these changes will reduce the amount of time necessary to finalize reports, thus enabling us to more efficiently provide the...
  • January 31, 2014
    Director Cordray Testifies Before House Financial Services Committee On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing entitled: “The Semi-Annual Report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.” CFPB Director Richard Cordray reported on the Bureau’s release, which covers the period April 1, 2013 – September 30, 2013. Lasting nearly four hours and occasionally...
  • January 28, 2014
    Cost of Target’s Mistake: $153 Million…and Counting Washington, D.C. (January 28, 2014) – The Consumer Bankers Association’s member banks have proactively responded to the breach of consumer data caused by retail giant Target, by reissuing over 15.3 million debit and credit cards to date at a cost to them of over $153 million. In addition to reissuing cards, member banks have enhanced transaction...
  • January 24, 2014
    CFPB Seeks Advisory Board and Council Applications On January 15, 2014, the CFPB announced it is seeking applications for positions on its Consumer Advisory Board (CAB), the Credit Union Advisory Council (CUAC), and the Community Bank Advisory Council (CBAC). The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which created the CFPB, required the establishment of CAB to advise and...
  • January 24, 2014
    Target Breach Impacting Banks Banks have proactively replaced millions of customers’ cards and allocated significant resources to correct a problem that, by all appearances, was not of their making. This comes at no small cost, and Target needs to take the financial responsibility. According to data collected from CBA member banks, it has not been cheap to replace these credit and debit cards...
  • January 24, 2014
    Target Breach Impacting Banks Banks have proactively replaced millions of customers’ cards and allocated significant resources to correct a problem that, by all appearances, was not of their making. This comes at no small cost, and Target needs to take the financial responsibility. According to data collected from CBA member banks, it has not been cheap to replace these credit and debit cards...

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