Managing access to personal data is a central question in many aspects of the global economy and at the forefront of many debates on a host of issues. Not least in payments.
Europe is pushing in two directions on payments infrastructure: making it easier to access, while strictly restricting access to authorised entities. The “Payments Services Directive (PSD2)” is opening up access to authorised groups, through Open Banking APIs. At the same time, the privacy provisions that define who can access what have been greatly tightened. Confused? Well, this week the European Banking Authority launched its central register of the thousands of payment and electronic money institutions operating under PSD2. Perhaps it might help.