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10 data science considerations for financial institutions

Advanced data science promises numerous benefits to financial institutions in a wide variety of areas, including marketing, sales, operations, consumer intelligence, portfolio management, risk and compliance. Here are 10 significant areas of concern that financial institutions should consider as they evaluate their technology priorities: Artificial intelligence (AI) – AI can …

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Russia’s Big Data Association to create Big Data sandbox

The Big Data Association has announced its intention to create a sandbox for working with the anonymized personal data of association customers, including data on purchases, payment types and mobile-related data. The Big Data Association hopes that the sandbox will allow association members to better design products and services. There …

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New Uzbek law defines fines, prison time for manipulating personal data

Amendments and additions to Uzbekistan’s criminal code and administrative responsibility code governing the use of personal data have been signed into law. The updated legislation outlines a schedule of fines and prison time for the illegal collection, systematization, storage, addition, use, provision, distribution, transfer, depersonalization and destruction of personal data. …

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Kazakhstan to create Personal Data Agency

The government of Kazakhstan is planning to create the Personal Data Agency under the Security Committee of the Ministry of Digital Development. This new agency will be responsible for coordinating and improving the storage and security of personal data. This includes work to prevent and respond to personal data leaks. …

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Russia debates the personal nature of Big Data

Amendments to Russia’s Law on Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection are currently being discussed and could have major implications for how Big Data is used in the country. The discussion centers around whether Big Data (which does not contain personal data per say but could potentially be further processed …

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Russia’s Central Bank outlines information security strategy

Russia’s Central Bank has published its Main Directions for the Development of Information Security in the Credit and Financial Sphere for 2019–2021. The document outlines a plan to combat cyber threats, including proposed regulations regarding the use of Big Data, artificial intelligence, robotics and the internet of things in the …

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Balancing data privacy rights

Data is quickly becoming a point of contention between companies working to collect, process and secure it and governments seeking to force companies to provide them the data they possess. The debate between the two sides revolves around an age-old debate: freedom vs. security. While governments argue that they should …

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Ethics in Big Data is becoming a big deal in Russia

Participants in Russia’s emerging Big Data market, including the Internet Development Institute (IRI) and the Big Data Association (ABD) (which includes Yandex, the Mail.ru Group, Sberbank, Gazprombank, MegaFon and Rostelecom), have developed a self-regulatory ethics code that, in their opinion, will allow the industry to move forward and avoid any …

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European Commission launches antitrust investigation against Amazon

The European Commission has launched an antitrust investigation against Amazon that could result in USD 23 billion in fines. The investigation stems from the fact that Amazon is itself a seller and also serves as a platform for others to sell. Authorities are concerned that Amazon collects information on the …

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Attracting migrant remittances for investments into the Kyrgyz economy

According to economist Kubat Rakhimov, Kyrgyzstan has work to do if it is to ensure that laborers working abroad will make investments into the Kyrgyz economy. Specifically, he notes that the government needs to engage with the real economy and create attractive investment conditions. In this way, investments will happen …

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Russia’s National Financial Association issues first roboadvisory accreditation

Russia’s National Financial Association, a self-regulatory organization, has issued its first official accreditation to VTB Capital Investment under a program to provide individual investment recommendations to users via roboadvisors. Roboadvisors help clients form individual investment portfolios of stocks, bonds and index fund shares. After filling out a questionnaire, the roboadvisory …

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The rise of BigTechs in finance highlights important issues

BigTechs have been rapidly moving to offer a wide range of financial services. But the role of BigTechs in the financial sector raises numerous issues as BigTechs are not regulated like financial institutions and, therefore, are not subject to the same stringent capital, leverage and liquidity constraints. While this can …

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G20 countries discuss new tax system for large internet companies

At a meeting of the financial heads of G20 countries in Southwestern Japan, a discussion was held on developing a new tax system for large internet companies such as Google and Facebook. Specifically, the financial heads discussed implementing a tax policy under which such companies would be taxed in each …

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China’s WeChat: the high cost of digital convenience

On the surface it may seem the China’s WeChat is a social network like Facebook or WhatsApp. But with more than a billion users and a plethora of functions, it has become a social ecosystem with unlimited possibilities – a messenger, a payment system, an identification system, etc. For most …

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Hong Kong facilitating BigTech’s push into banking

So far this year, Hong Kong’s Monetary Authority (HKMA) has issued virtual banking licenses 8 different groups, including BigTechs, as part of an initiative to promote financial innovation, enhance consumer experiences and increase financial inclusion. The entrance of BigTechs into the financial sector is expected to push established financial institutions …

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BigTechs threaten financial stability

According to Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the entrance of BigTechs into the financial market could adversely affect overall financial stability. Ms. Lagarde specially mentioned concerns over confidentiality and the potential for such giants to eventually drive out competition. Instead, IMF is looking to help member …

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The race to digitize banking in the Asia-Pacific region

Competition in the Asia-Pacific region is intensifying between established financial institutions and the technology and e-commerce disruptors that threaten to carve up the payment solutions market. According to a report by Temenos, BigTech companies like Google, Facebook and Apple as well as major payment players like WeChat Pay, Alipay and …

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Kazakhstan’s anti-monopoly committee investigating Google

Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Economy has announced the launch of an anti-monopoly investigation into Google. The announcement follows a number of complaints received after the internet giant began to block the ads of companies offering non-official repairs for equipment such as mobile phones and computers. All information is currently being studied …

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