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FCTR 6.1 Introduction

FCTR 6.1.1G

1Who should read this chapter? This chapter is relevant, and its statements of good and poor practice apply, to all firms subject to the financial crime rules in SYSC 3.2.6R or SYSC 6.1.1R and to e-money institutions and payment institutions within our supervisory scope.

FCTR 6.1.2G

1In April 2008 the FSA published the findings of our thematic review on how financial services firms in the UK were addressing the risk that customer data may be lost or stolen and used to commit fraud or other financial crime. The FSA visited 39 firms, including retail and wholesale banks, investment firms, insurance companies, financial advisers and credit unions. The FSA also took into account our experience of data loss incidents dealt with by our Financial Crime Operations Team: during 2007, the team dealt with 56 cases of lost or stolen data from financial services firms.

FCTR 6.1.3G

1The FSA found a wide variation between good practices demonstrated by firms that were committed to ensuring data security and weakness in firms that were not taking adequate steps. Overall, the FSA found that data security in financial services firms needed to be improved significantly.

FCTR 6.1.4G

1The report concluded that poor data security was a serious, widespread and high-impact risk, and that firms were often failing to consider the wider risks of identity fraud which could occur from cases of significant data loss and the impact of this on consumers. The FSA found that firms lacked a clear understanding of these risks and were therefore failing properly to inform customers, resulting in a lack of transparency.

FCTR 6.1.5G

1The contents of this report are reflected in FCG 2 (Financial crime systems and controls) and FCG 5 (Data security).