U.S. Consumer Financial Data Rights are Almost Here
November 1, 2023 | 5 min read
Today’s world is ruled by data. Financial institutions, fintechs, big tech, and other companies leverage consumer financial data to create products, services, recommendations, and campaigns. Unfortunately, financial data isn’t always collected through methods where the consumer is in control.
According to MX’s latest survey of 1,000+ American adults, 82% of consumers feel they own their financial data and should be able to control who has access to it. However, over half of consumers (52%) aren’t sure which companies or financial providers have access to their financial data.
Consumer financial data access and control has historically been left up to the financial institutions, fintechs, and other third parties involved. While this approach has provided the groundwork for many innovations, the financial industry is running into challenges around consumer protections, lack of consumer choice, and ultimately, increased costs for consumers on the services they choose.
At MX, we believe in the power of financial data to unlock new insights and drive better money experiences that benefit companies and consumers alike. An open finance ecosystem — where everyone can access and act on financial data — enables smarter, faster, and more reliable money experiences. And, it puts consumers in the driver seat.
MX has always been an advocate that consumers should be in control of who can access their data. We believe consumers should be able to easily grant or revoke access at any time. Organizations like the Financial Data Exchange (FDX) are crucial to moving the industry forward, setting the standard for secure consumer-permissioned data sharing.
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FDX is a non-profit industry standards body dedicated to unifying the financial services ecosystem around common, interoperable, and royalty-free technical standards for user-permissioned financial data sharing. Any company within the financial industry can contribute to the development, growth, and adoption of the FDX API and other objectives.
FDX is centered around five core data sharing principles that empower users:
With over 32 million consumer accounts using the FDX API, the largest financial institutions and fintechs in the financial ecosystem widely adopt the FDX API standards.
FDX’s open finance standards provide a comprehensive toolkit for building interoperable APIs. It is the culmination of over 600 components related to sharing personal financial data, helping to keep consumer data safe by eliminating the need to share credentials with third parties. The FDX API includes three components:
FDX standards put the consumer’s needs first. Enabling consumers to easily connect their accounts to see all of their data in one place creates positive outcomes for consumers and businesses alike. This is the promise of Open Finance.
Open Finance enables access and sharing of consumer data to even more financial products and services — not just banking, like Open Banking. This includes loans, consumer credit, investments, and pensions. It also enables wider integration of financial data with non-financial industries, such as healthcare and government. In Open Finance, consumers can grant trusted third parties access to their entire financial footprint for better experiences and personalized solutions to improve financial wellness.
FDX standards allow consumers to more easily connect their various financial accounts and data together into a single view — enabling a more seamless money experience. And, with the freedom and flexibility that Open Finance enables, consumers have more choice and control over the data they share and how they engage with their finances. They can gain unparalleled access to a broader range of products and services.
We previously wrote about the power of open access to data for financial institutions, fintechs, and other organizations. It enables:
With greater visibility into their customers, financial providers can provide more personalized recommendations, products, and services to meet their needs. Consistent standards also form a foundation for increased innovation and industry collaboration.
MX believes adopting FDX standards and embracing Open Finance will help build a more fair and competitive financial ecosystem that gives consumers more choice in where and how they manage their money, as well as greater insights to take control of their finances.
Adopting FDX standards and embracing Open Finance will enable financial institutions and fintechs to truly empower everyone to be financially strong with access to the right insights and products to support their financial goals.
MX continues to be a driving force at FDX by chairing and collaborating in key task forces and representing fintechs on the FDX Board of Directors. MX is also making it easier than ever for financial institutions of all sizes to accelerate open finance adoption and enhance the money experience for consumers through Data Access. Data Access is an open API platform built on FDX standards that improves time-to-market and reduces costs to deliver secure data sharing, as well as provide the groundwork for greater insights about customer behaviors, trends, and needs. It provides financial institutions with the ability to monitor and manage where consumers are sharing their financial data and the tools to implement a more secure data-sharing experience with token-based connectivity.
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