Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley is an analyst of the payments industry on a daily basis for 32 years covering payment cards and payment systems from both the business side and the consumer side. McKinley is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. In his prior position, McKinley has participated in more than 10,000 documented news media interviews, testified as an expert witness in two separate $billion+ U.S. anti-trust trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, assisted the GAO with paymentsIMG_2006 (1).jpeg reports, chaired numerous business conferences and provided C-Suite opinion to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. In retirement, he has continued developing and funding digital media assets as well as contributing payments related analysis/content to a broad list of online publishers, including CardFlash, CardTrak and CardData. McKinley is also a national certified mentor with the non-profit SCORE organization with a focus on assisting Fintech startups. www.robert-mckinley.com

Green Dot Support CFPB

Green Dot Corporation (GDOT) supports the CFPB’s newly released prepaid debit card Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). Green Dot’s Founder testified yesterday at the CFPB field hearing on the topic and believes that its business will not be materially impacted by the CFPB’s newly proposed rules. Furthermore, Green Dot fully supports the proposed rules that mandate “Regulation E” consumer protections for lost or stolen funds and disputed transactions, including the providing of provisional credits to consumers, and the CFPB’s proposed rulemaking dealing with the new framework for overdraft programs attached to prepaid cards.

India & Breaches

The vast majority of Indian consumers (88%) but fewer than half (45%) say retailer data have read or heard about major retailer data breaches in the past year, breaches have increased their concerns about their personal data privacy during the same period. The majority (46%) characterize the way they manage data privacy on connected devices they own as Take-Charge rather than Reactive (39%) or Passive (15%).