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> that same Treasury report highlighted the fact that the United Kingdom and European Union have initiatives requiring API access to bank accounts, but recommended a private solution.

This is the Trump government failing us and gifting the next generation's financing needs to the next generation of rent-seekers.

I have a mixed position on this. Considered in isolation, the UK's API regulations are a spectacular boon for customers.

Considered in the context of the rest of the UK's regulatory environment (porn filters, etc), it seems plausible that the UK gov's push for bank APIs is less about being kind to their citizens and more about undermining cash and pushing all financial activity onto infrastructure that's easily accessible to a surveillance state.

I'd like to have tech like this in America, but I don't think we have the spine on any front. We aren't willing to hardball businesses on timeline/featureset (for example: the partial and late rollout of chip/pin in the US), and we aren't willing to write legislation that protects citizens from abuse and creates punitive structures that make abuse of citizen data by companies an economically irrational act.

In light of that, I wonder if shitty APIs are the lesser of two evils.

Minor quibble, US has chip/signature, not chip/pin. This is because the US banking system is stupid (technical term).

Definitely not a "Trump" problem. Obama wouldn't have started it either. There is no stomach on either part of the parties to upset the banks.

Yes, Obama failed us and now Trump is failing us.

On the other hand, this kind of bank regulation issue seems right in Warren's wheelhouse and the president might have the power to make this happen through their existing bank regulation powers, or maybe through the CFPB...

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