Edinburgh Hosts Event On Personal Data And Open Banking

New rules demanding a new approach

The EU’s PSD2 legislation that is closely aligned with the work of the Open Banking Working Group is going to make a significant difference to the operation of financial services both in Britain and in Europe, effecting far-reaching changes for years to come.

As of 18 January, consumers, SMEs and even corporates will be offered the opportunity to consent to having their personal data shared securely with financial institutions other than their own bank, with the option of choosing new products and services.

If this were not enough, the General Data Protection Regulation that comes into force across Europe in May will place far greater demands on companies to protect their customers’ data than at present and gradually raise customers’ attitudes towards the management of their personal information.

It would seem that the traditional and emerging finance communities as well as consumers are going to have varying expectations on how the new rules and ways of operating are going to work.

Why do Open Banking and GDPR matter now?

The urgency for innovation has rarely been more felt and is going to become a pressing need, if it isn’t already.

The good news this week at least is that Edinburgh, where much of this disruption is going to have significant impact, will be discussing these issues and more in a one-day event hosted by the Trust in Digital Life association, The ID Co. and the School of Informatics University of Edinburgh.

The objective of Whose Data Is It Anyway? is to achieve a fresh perspective on how potential conflicts of interest can be avoided in the future, particularly in the context of open banking, and what the landscape might look like in a few years’ time for banks, businesses, SMEs and the rest of us.

Whose Data is it Anyway? takes place at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh, starting with breakfast from 08.30 to 09:30 and finishing at 15.15 on Thursday 14th December 2017. Attendance is free when you register in advance.

(Once you’ve registered, tweet to #whosedata)

About TDL

The Trust in Digital Life (TDL) community comprises leading industry partners and knowledge institutes that hold trust and trustworthy services to be an essential ingredient of the digital economy.

TDL members are committed to enabling a trustworthy ecosystem that protects the rights of citizens while creating new business opportunities. To this end, TDL researches, pilots and incubates trustworthy ICT services and technologies in an innovative environment.

TDL forms the bridge between citizens entitled to the best possible services and an industry that develops devices, applications and services that protect them from Internet threats and provides them at an affordable price. A major focus is on the research and business agenda of the European Union.

From banking to healthcare, driverless cars to online shopping, every aspect of our 21st century digital world is dependent on varying degrees of trust between consumers and suppliers, governments and their citizens.

The continual threat of cyber-attacks has the potential to undermine our confidence in taking full advantage of the opportunities available to grow the digital economy, not only in Europe but across the world.

The objective of this community of industrialists, entrepreneurs and academics is to provide the tools and awareness that the wider community can benefit from in their daily digital lives. Their mission is to create a trusted ecosystem based on innovative and trustworthy ICT products and solutions that protects the data and assets of European citizens and enterprises.