The tech giants that already know everything about you, and now they want to be your banker, too. What could possibly go wrong?
The tech giants are coming for the banks. If there’s one message to be taken out of Facebook’s aggressive push into blockchain-based payments via its new cryptocurrency, libra, it’s that Facebook is now also a FinTech company.
If there’s one theory at the heart of Igor Pejic’s new book, “Blockchain Babel: The Crypto Craze and the Challenge to Business,” it is that when it comes to using blockchain technology to remake the banking business, neither the financial institutions looking to maintain their dominance nor the FinTech firms trying to topple them understand each other, or how much they need each other.
Enterprise blockchain software firm R3 recently completed a proof of concept test of its Know Your Customer (KYC) application built on its Corda blockchain platform, French financial institution RCI Bank and Services announced on Dec. 3. KYC requirements are part of the due diligence needed to meet Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations, an important but time- and money-consuming process used in the financial industry. Twenty-six firms participated in the test of CordaKYC, including insurer Allianz France and banks BNP Paribas and Societe Generale. In June, R3 announced that a group of 39 firms in 19 countries, including Deutsche Bank, ABN AMRO, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston completed KYC transactions…