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September 20, 2023

On the web

How Much Will Payment Providers Have to Refund APP Fraud Victims [UK]?

The Banker

"To address the impact of authorised push payment (APP) fraud, the UK is introducing a new reimbursement requirement on payment service providers (PSPs)....It is proposed that PSPs will only be required to reimburse customers who are victims of APP fraud up to the maximum level of reimbursement (potentially subject to a claim excess), and if the customer met a standard of care when executing APPs."

September 15, 2023

On the web

Number of UK Contactless Payments Rose by 30% Last Year

Computer Weekly

"Some 17 billion contactless payments were made in the UK last year, a 30% increase on the previous year, with 87% of people using the technology at least once a month, according to the latest figures from banking industry body UK Finance. The average value of contactless payments also increased..."

September 14, 2023

On the wires

Britain Sees 14% Annual Rise in Missed Direct Debit Payments


"Britain reported an annual rise of 14% in missed bill payments last month for their second highest rate on record, figures on Thursday showed, pointing to growing financial strain on households. The percentage of failed direct debits - mostly used for utility bills or mortgage and credit card repayments - rose from 0.82% in July to 0.83% in August, the second highest rate in monthly records, which started in January 2019."

September 13, 2023

On the wires

Bank of England Official Says Public Need Reassurance on Digital Pound and Privacy


"A "national conversation" is needed to assuage public fears that a digital version of the pound would allow the government to spy on them, Bank of England deputy governor designate Sarah Breeden said on Tuesday. The BoE and Britain's finance ministry have been consulting on whether and how to introduce a digital pound, probably in the second half of this decade."

September 1, 2023

On the web

This New UK Rule Allows Crypto Exchanges to Seize Customer Funds


"Starting September 1, 2023, cryptocurrency users in the United Kingdom enter a new era of regulatory scrutiny. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has implemented its “Travel Rule,” a regulation that equips crypto exchanges with the authority to freeze or seize customer funds for failing to sufficiently verify their source."

August 18, 2023

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August 14, 2023

On the web

Amazon Changes Payout Period

Ecommerce News

"Ecommerce giant Amazon has announced that it will make changes to its payout period. Sellers in the United Kingdom and Europe will have to wait until a week after the delivery of an item to receive their proceeds. The change will come into effect in phases in the upcoming month, until September 6th."

July 17, 2023

On the web

Bottomline Launches Fraud Prevention for Payers

EIN News

"Bottomline, a leading provider of financial technology that helps make business payments simple, smart and secure, today announced the launch of Pay.UK’s Payer Name Verification service, offered through Bottomline Payments Services Limited, which will provide businesses with greater assurance that payments are being collected from the named account holder when processing Direct Debits."

July 12, 2023

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July 6, 2023

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June 29, 2023

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UK Crypto, Stablecoin Rules Receive Royal Assent, Passing Into Law


"A U.K. bill giving regulators the power to supervise crypto and stablecoins was approved by King Charles Thursday, marking the last formal stage that makes the bill law. Royal assent, a purely procedural step following agreement from lawmakers, makes the Financial Services and Markets Bill an Act, and includes measures to bring crypto and stablecoins into the scope of regulation. The bill was last week approved by the upper chamber of Parliament."

June 28, 2023

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Pay.UK Partners with Visa, Synectics Solutions and Featurespace on Pioneering Fraud Detection and Prevention Initiative


"Pay.UK today announces a major new collaboration within the UK payments industry that will help fight fraud by bringing together the combined power of data from multiple high street banks and payment service providers for the first time. Confirmed today in a pilot form, the initiative aims to create a new overlay service for UK banks and building societies that will safely and securely analyse money flows and use predictive intelligence to proactively detect fraud and help prevent crime before it occurs."

June 20, 2023

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June 19, 2023

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UK Crypto, Stablecoin Laws Approved by Parliament's Upper House


"U.K. parliamentarians have voted through a new bill that could recognize crypto as a regulated activity in the country. The approval of the Financial Services and Markets Bill (FSMB) on Monday by Parliament’s upper chamber, the House of Lords, means the bill is going to enter the final stages before it is put into law."

June 14, 2023

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June 12, 2023

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UK Takes the First Step to Stop Authorized Payment Scams

Bank Info Security

"U.K. banks will soon have to reimburse customers who fall prey to authorized push payment scams. The U.K.'s Payment Systems Regulator recently released a long-awaited policy that would split the reimbursement cost between sending and receiving banks."

June 6, 2023

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June 2, 2023

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June 1, 2023

On the wires

Mesh Payments Expands Across Europe, UK, and Asia to Support Global Enterprises with Unified Spend Management in Local Currencies

PR Newswire

"Today Mesh Payments announced expansion of its unified spend management platform to support global multinational businesses operating in Europe, UK, and Asia in local currencies. Mesh now enables companies to operate globally across international entities, issue local cards and settle in local currencies all from one unified platform."

May 19, 2023

On the web

BoE To Stop Revolut Bid For UK Bank Licence: Report


"The Bank of England is preparing to reject a bid by digital bank Revolut for a UK banking licence, citing balance sheet issues, The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported Friday. Revolut, Britain's most valuable fintech company, told the paper the issue in fact surrounded auditor concerns over revenues. The Bank of England made no comment when approached by AFP."

May 17, 2023

On the wires

Nearly 6 Million Britons Missed Payments on Bills, Regulator Says


"Millions of British borrowers repeatedly missed payments on bills in the six months to January amid the steep surge in the cost of living and higher interest rates, a survey from the Financial Conduct Authority regulator showed on Tuesday. British households have faced double-digit inflation since September and the government's budget forecasters have said the country is heading for a record decline in living standards over the two years to March 2024."

May 16, 2023

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17% Drop in APP Fraud Highlights Influence of Confirmation of Payee and Tailored Communications: FICO

Electronic Payments International

"UK fraud losses overall fell by 8% to £1.2bn, driven by a 17% fall in authorised push payment (APP) losses. Specifically, APP fraud dropped to £485.2m in 2022, following a 39% rise the previous year. While the efforts of Confirmation of Payee and tailored communications have been successful, more can be done to further eradicate payments fraud in the UK, argues Matt Cox, MD, EMEA, FICO."

May 12, 2023

On the web

What the Prime Minister’s Fraud Strategy Means for You


"” Fraud now accounts for over 40% of crime. It costs us nearly £7 billion a year and we know these proceeds are funding organised crime and terror. What’s more, new technologies are making these scams easier to do and harder to police. It’s time to take the fight to the scammers and fraudsters, and put an end to these crimes which can devastate lives and livelihoods within seconds. Today, we’re launching our new plan to tackle fraud."

May 11, 2023

On the web

Warning UK Losing £2,300 Per Minute to Fraud

BBC News

"People in the UK lost £1.2bn to fraud in 2022, the equivalent of £2,300 every minute, according to bank industry group UK Finance. It said around three million scams took place - slightly less than the previous year - with frauds involving payment cards being the most common. UK Finance said losses were not always reimbursed and urged tech firms to "share the burden" of covering costs. Ministers say they will get tougher on scams as part of a national strategy.  Fraud is now the most common crime in the UK, with one in 15 people falling victim."

New Barclays Tool Lets UK Businesses Invoice in Local Currencies


"Barclays and B2B payments tech company TransferMate have announed a new partnership to provide a new international receivables tool for the British companies.Barclays' British business customers operating in GBP will now be able to invoice customers in their clients’ local currency in over 60 currencies and across 67 countries.Users will receive the payment back into their GBP account at the exact amount requested with manual reconciliation eliminated, said the bank."

April 27, 2023

On the wires

FICO UK Credit Card Market Report: February 2023

Business Wire

"The latest data from FICO on UK credit card trends illustrates the financial balancing act many consumers are facing. Average card spend has increased month-on-month and year-on-year. Higher prices for day-to-day purchases will be reflected in this increase. UK consumers are also paying off less of their outstanding balance, indicating the squeeze on personal budgets."

April 24, 2023

On the web

UK Government Adopts a “Pro-Innovation” Approach to AI Regulation

Inside Privacy

"On 29 March 2023, the UK Government published a White Paper entitled “A pro-innovation approach to AI regulation” (“White Paper”). The White Paper elaborates on the approach to AI set out by the Government in its 2022 AI Governance and Regulation Policy Statement (“Policy Statement” – covered in our blog post). This announcement comes following the Government’s commitments, in the Spring Budget 2023, to build an expert taskforce to develop the UK’s capabilities in AI foundation models and produce guidance on the relationship between intellectual property law and generative AI."

April 19, 2023

On the wires

FICO Data: UK Credit Card Customers Showing Signs of Financial Stress


"New analysis of UK credit card activity from FICO has revealed worrying payment patterns amongst customers who have held their cards for between one and five years, known as the Established vintage. This group is showing increased rates of missed payments and other signs of financial stress. This will particularly be a concern for risk managers, with new Consumer Duty expectations starting in July."

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