The effectiveness of the sentence: "In relation to national law, the GDPR applies as a matter of priority to all automated processing of personal data as of May 25th, 2018 [...]" is understood by experts. The Düsseldorfer Kreis – the conference of the independent federal and state data protection authorities on April 26th, 2018 – thereby confirms a regulatory framework – and once again surprises an entire industry. Just as, for example, the financial industry has underestimated the determination of the regulation for a long time, the media industry seems to underestimate the inherent connections between technological opportunities, changing regulatory conditions and the associated changes in decision-relevant parameters until now. This generally assumed that the previous regulations of the Telemedia Act would remain in force until the new ePrivacy regulation came into force, or at least could be based on the so-called legitimate interest according to Art. 6 para. 1lit.f) GDPR, i.e. the processing of personal data was covered by the

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Leading German and European companies have stated their intention to cooperate more closely to establish a joint, pan-industry platform for online registration, e-identity and data services. The aim is to make online registration simpler and more secure for clients. The participating companies have signed a corresponding declaration of intent. The initiative was set up by Allianz, Axel Springer, Daimler and Deutsche Bank with Postbank as well as the technology think-tank Core, and Here Technologies, the location services provider.

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The situation in the banking sector is still tense, and is becoming ever more so as a result of increasing regulation. In order to make use of regulatory compliance as a driver for innovation, the use of state-of-the-art technologies and agile approaches are just as important for success as a greater focus on IT know-how within the banks’ management hierarchy. These are the findings of a recent study carried out by COREinstitute, Berlin.

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Risk management is one of the core compe-tencies of the finance industry. This sensi-tive field’s immunity against technological developments has long since evaporated, with models and methods influenced as a result. In particular, data and new ways of exploiting it (think big data and, to an in-creasing degree, artificial intelligence) are having a transformative effect and challeng-ing the previous organizational models employed by institutions. The recently pub-lished Open Source Risk Engine Platform promises to open up these possibilities to a greater number of institutions. It is based on the open-source approach, which has been successful for many years in the field of operating systems. This approach makes critical competencies available on a global scale and enables more efficient develop-ment and operating models.

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The FinTechs appearing for several years in the market for financial services are characterized by a central mechanism: They access a new, promising aspect of current technologies thus realizing a specific aspect of the wide range of financial services and formulating this offer in the context of higher-level, mostly digital value chains.

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The strategies of the largest e-commerce organizations extend far beyond pure merchandising. Amazon, eBay, Otto, and the Chinese company Alibaba offer comprehensive solutions that enable not only the exchange of goods across trade platforms and market places, but also the storage and transport of goods as well as methods of payment. Payment services particularly stand out among these elements, as their role has changed from supporting merchandising to being an independent driver of growth for these businesses.

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It’s not news to anyone that innovative developments in the financial services market have an impact on the payment transactions segment. While six months ago the market was being flooded by attachable devices for smartphones and tablets, followed by the introduction of multiple apps targeting the payment transactions at supermarket tills, the next wave of developments already seems to be heading our way, only this time, the main initiators are actors who are rather new participants in the field of innovation: the banks.

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