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Open Banking and PSD3 pave the way for a secure and integrated banking ecosystem

Open Banking and PSD3 pave the way for a secure and integrated banking ecosystem

The financial landscape is undergoing a significant transformation driven by technological advancements and changing consumer expectations. Open banking, a concept that promotes data sharing and collaboration between financial institutions and third-party providers, has emerged as a catalyst for innovation and improved customer experiences.

The second iteration of the directive, known as PSD2, was introduced in 2015 and implemented in 2018. PSD2 marked a significant milestone in the evolution of payment services regulation, particularly with the introduction of Open Banking. This innovative concept paved the way for increased competition, transparency, and consumer control by allowing third-party providers to access bank account information with the explicit consent of the account holder.

PSD3 is the third European directive regulating payment services and related transactions. This regulation sets out how a large number of processes must be carried out within the European Economic Area (EEA) banking ecosystem. Therefore, the regulation affects all member states of the European Union as well as Croatia, Iceland, and Norway that participate in it through the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

Payment services regulations address open banking protocols, digital customer identification, and a series of standards for the most common transactions in BFSI industries (Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, and related areas). PSD3 comes to update all this content, broaden its scope, and improve the security of electronic transactions inside and outside online banking.

Understanding PSD3 and its Objectives

PSD3 aims to enhance the existing PSD2 framework by broadening its scope and strengthening consumer protection measures. The objectives of PSD3 can be summarized as follows:

  • Eliminating Fraud and Enhancing Security: PSD3 places a strong emphasis on combating identity fraud and improving computer security in payment and related transactions. By implementing stricter authentication standards and reinforcing security measures, the directive aims to safeguard electronic transactions within online banking and beyond.
  • Empowering Consumers: Building upon the principles of PSD2, PSD3 seeks to expand citizens' rights and give them greater control over their data. Both traditional banks and innovative fintech startups can provide customers with a more personalized and integrated experience.
  • Transitioning to Open Finance: Open Banking, a fundamental pillar of both PSD2 and PSD3, is set to evolve into Open Finance. This transition extends the scope of open banking beyond bank accounts to encompass other financial products such as insurance, pensions, investments, and more.
  • Introducing Embedded Finance: PSD3 introduces the concept of embedded finance, which involves integrating financial services into various platforms or applications such as social networks, e-commerce platforms, and mobility solutions.


Key Changes and new focus areas in PSD3

Some of the most significant changes anticipated in PSD3:

  • Broader Geographic Scope: PSD3 extends the reach of the directive to cross-border electronic payments between the European Economic Area (EEA) and third countries.
  • Expanded Functional Scope: Open Banking evolves into Open Finance under PSD3, enabling financial service providers to access data and initiate transactions not only related to bank accounts but also other financial products like insurance, pensions, investments, and leasing.
  • Enhanced Consumer Protection: PSD3 strengthens consumer protection measures by introducing improved security, transparency, liability, and dispute resolution mechanisms.
  • Increased Oversight and Interoperability: PSD3 promotes a common framework for oversight and control of payment service providers by competent authorities. Furthermore, the directive aims to foster interoperability between different payment systems and technical standards, facilitating access and competition in the market.
  • Enhanced Security Measures: PSD3 proposes significant reforms to the SCA, and multi-factor authentication standards introduced in PSD2. Strong Customer Authentication, the requirement for verifying a customer's identity through at least two independent factors, will undergo substantial changes to further enhance security in electronic payments.


The Road Ahead: Timelines and Implementation

While the foundations and conceptual pillars of PSD3 were announced by the European Commission in June 2023, specific timelines for implementation and compliance have yet to be officially determined. It is reasonable to anticipate that the final iteration of the directive will become available towards the end of 2024, with implementation deadlines set approximately around 2026.

PSD3 is poised to revolutionize the banking industry by expanding the scope of open banking to encompass other financial products, introducing embedded finance, enhancing consumer protection measures, and strengthening security protocols.

How Coforge can help.

As the future unfolds, it is essential for stakeholders in the banking industry to stay informed and prepare for the forthcoming changes. By understanding the objectives and key changes outlined in PSD3, financial institutions, fintech startups, and consumers can navigate the complexities of the evolving regulatory landscape and embrace the opportunities that PSD3 presents.

We, as an IT company, play a crucial role in supporting banks with the implementation of open banking initiatives.

Here are some ways in which we can assist your bank in this process:

  • API Integration and Development: Open banking relies on the seamless integration of various systems and platforms through the use of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces). We can help banks design, develop, and implement robust APIs that enable secure data sharing and transactional capabilities with third-party providers.
  • Data Security and Privacy: Open banking involves the exchange of sensitive customer data. We can provide expertise in ensuring the highest levels of security and privacy. We can help banks in implementing robust authentication mechanisms, encryption protocols, and data access controls to protect customer information from unauthorized access and breaches.
  • Infrastructure and Cloud Solutions: We can assist banks in building scalable and reliable infrastructure to support open banking operations. This may involve optimizing existing systems, deploying cloud-based solutions, or creating dedicated environments for testing and development.
  • Analytics and Insights: With our advanced analytics and artificial intelligence technologies we can help banks derive meaningful insights from the vast amount of data generated through open banking. These insights can inform product development, customer segmentation, and personalized offerings.


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