Privacy warning on Facebook currency

Original article by Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 4 : 6-Aug-19

An Australian-led initiative has seen privacy regulators from around the world write an open letter to Facebook, in which they voice concerns about its proposed Libra digital currency. The letter states that Facebook has not provided sufficient information on how Libra would protect the data of Facebook users. They are also concerned that Facebook has indicated that it intends to promote the use of Libra in developing countries, many of which lack suitable data protection regulations.

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIA. OFFICE OF THE FEDERAL PRIVACY COMMISSIONER, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION

Facebook digital currency to challenge the banks

Original article by James Eyers
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 20 : 19-Jun-19

Social media giant Facebook has outlined plans to directly compete with financial services providers such as banks and the online payments sector. It aims to offer digital wallet and cryptocurrency products in the first half of 2020. Facebook is a founding member of the Libra Association, which will manage the Libra cryptocurrency, while its digital wallet will be called Calibra. Facebook’s plans can be expected to attract close scrutiny from Australian and international regulators, given the company’s data breach scandal in 2018.

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, LIBRA ASSOCIATION, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, ANDREESSEN HOROWITZ, UNION SQUARE VENTURES, RIBBIT CAPITAL, ALIPAY, TENCENT HOLDINGS LIMITED, AFTERPAY TOUCH GROUP LIMITED – ASX APT, ZIP CO LIMITED – ASX Z1P, APPLE INCORPORATED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, OFX GROUP LIMITED – ASX OFX, TRANSFERWISE, MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED, VISA INTERNATIONAL, PAYPAL INCORPORATED, EBAY INCORPORATED, UBER TECHNOLOGIES INCORPORATED, SPOTIFY LIMITED, VODAFONE GROUP PLC, INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Citi predicts end of credit cards

Original article by Karen Maley
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 30-Oct-17

Michael Corbat, the CEO of US bank Citigroup, forecasts that it will not be too long before digital payments and the like replace credit cards. Given that Citigroup is the largest issuer of credit cards in the world, it is important that it is well-positioned to be part of whatever replaces them. Asked whether he supports plans by the Trump administration to scale back some of the laws introduced in the wake of the global financial crisis, Corbat says it is the way the laws are administered that needs to change rather than the laws themselves.

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CITIGROUP INCORPORATED, SALOMON BROTHERS INCORPORATED, TRAVELLERS GROUP INCORPORATED