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January 30, 2015 - New Chinese regulations mean that tech firms hoping to sign up the country's banks as customers will have to turn over their code, agree to audits and build back doors into their hardware and software.

January 27, 2015 - The European Payments Council (EPC), representing the European banking industry in relation to payments, today published a further iteration of the SEPA Direct Debit (SDD) Rulebooks, i.e. the SDD Core Rulebook version 9.0 and the SDD Business to Business (B2B) Rulebook version 7.0.The SDD Core Rulebook version 9.0, the SDD B2B Rulebook version 7.0 and associated implementation guidelines will take effect on 20 November 2016.

December 19, 2014 - The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published today its final technical advice (TA) and launches a consultation on its draft regulatory technical and implementing standards (RTS/ ITS) regarding the implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Regulation (MiFIR).

December 4, 2014 (Bloomberg) - Clearinghouses meant to reduce swaps market risk must face greater oversight to ensure they don't threaten the financial system, according to a member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

January 20, 2015 - Securities compliance experts from Wolters Kluwer Financial Services have published commentary outlining key regulatory trends expected to impact U.S. securities firms in 2015. The outlook considers the regulatory landscape at a time four and a half years since the Dodd-Frank Act was passed into law. Given the context that only about half of the rules have been finalized and we are less than half way to implementation, trends indicate regulation will continue to increase over the coming year and in the near future.

December 18, 2014 - Banks and insurers are moving away from perceiving regulation as a cost centre and in 2015 will be using it as a way to shoehorn extra budget for technological innovation within their organisations, according to predictions from business technology change consultancy Certeco.

November 20, 2014 - The Royal Bank of Scotland and its subsidiary Ulster Bank have been hit with a £56 million fine by regulatory authorities over a computer malfunction in 2012 that locked customers out of accounts and knocked out payments processing systems.

January 16, 2015 - The Securities and Exchange Commission today adopted two new sets of rules that will require security-based swap data repositories (SDRs) to register with the SEC and prescribe reporting and public dissemination requirements for security-based swap transaction data.

December 9, 2014 - A senior executive at Deutsche Bundesbank has warned that banks will have to spend considerable sums on upgrading their IT systems if they are to cope with insatiable regulatory appetite for new data reporting standards.

November 19, 2014 - The US Securities and Exchange Commission has approved new rules designed to strengthen the market's technology infrastructure, which has seen a rash of IT meltdowns in recent years.

January 9, 2015 - Meeting the demanding new requirements imposed upon firms by SEC Regulation SCI is a key issue for many firms, especially in the areas of independent systems testing and certification. Tellefsen and Company, L.L.C. (Tellefsen) and Exactpro Systems (Exactpro) have today announced a marketing partnership in which both firms will collaborate to provide key industry constituents with market structure consulting, financial technology infrastructure testing and software quality assurance testing services.

December 4, 2014 - A US judge has given financial institutions the go-ahead to proceed with their lawsuit against Target over losses associated with last year's data breach at the retailer.

November 12, 2014 - The Central Bank of Ireland has slapped a EUR3.5 million fine on Ulster Bank over IT governance failures that resulted in approximately 600,000 customers being deprived of banking services during a month-long period in 2012.

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