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Inside Washington

April 6, 2016

WASHINGTON (4/6/16)--Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Martin Gruenberg said in an interview that his agency is planning to make public a new plan to increase interest in new bank charters (American Banker April 5). He said there is room in the market for more community banks and that the FDIC has a role to play. Following the financial crisis, there has been a scarcity of applications for de nova banks, with just "a handful" chartered since 2011. The FDIC intends to work with banking associations, state commissioners and "any group that's out there interested in starting a new community bank." Gruenberg said the FDIC will make every effort to work with, and provide assistance with the application process. The agency is expected to announce new criteria today during an all-day conference on ways to help small banking institutions...

WASHINGTON (4/6/16)--The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published a call for presenters for its second annual PrivacyCon, which will be held Jan. 12. PrivacyCon facilitates collaboration among leading researchers, academics, industry representatives, consumer advocates and the government to address the privacy and security implications of emerging technologies. The FTC hopes to expand on last year’s research, and is especially interested in submissions on: the harms of privacy violations; potential attack vectors; consumer use of ad blockers; and the costs of malware to consumers and businesses…