TLF is proud to bring you a two-part guest post authored by Ms. Malavika Raghavan, Head, Future of Finance Initiative and Ms. Anubhutie Singh, Policy Analyst, Future of Finance Initiative at Dvara Research. This is the second part of a two-part series that undertakes an analysis of the technical standards and specifications present across publicly available documents on Account Aggregators. Previously, the authors looked at the motivations for building AAs and some consumer protection concerns that emerge in the Indian context.
Account Aggregators (AA) appear to be an exciting new infrastructure, for those who want to enable greater data sharing in the Indian financial sector. The key data being shared will extensive personal information about individuals like us – detailing our most intimate and sensitive financial transactions and potentially non-financial data too. This places individuals at the heart of these technical systems. Should the systems be breached, misused or otherwise exposed to unauthorised access the immediate casualty will be the privacy of the people whose information is compromised. Of course, this will also have an impact on data quality across the financial sector.