Banking Regulations: How Docusign Can Make Compliance Easier

By Nisha Pattan, Product Marketing Director, Docusign

As a financial organization, your primary goal is to meet your consumer needs and provide innovative, competitive products. But, meeting regulatory requirements defined by various federal and state level organizations takes time and effort away from your core goals.

The cost of not complying can be damaging to your brand and customer loyalty, but more importantly, regulatory fees associated with non-compliance can directly impact operating margins. According to a McKinsey report, regulatory fees have increased dramatically since 2009, relative to banks’ earnings and credit losses.

Graph showing increasing regulatory fines for US and EU banks

As the scope of regulatory focus continues to evolve, new topics such as anti-money laundering, third-party risk and depositor verification continue to emerge. This puts the onus of better managing internal processes while being in compliance with regulations solely on the banks.

For the generation that was born after Apple, Google and Amazon - experience is more critical than price. They desire speedy transactions coupled with a smooth, seamless, and digital banking experience. Whether it is applying for a new bank account, credit card, or a loan - speed is critical for today’s consumers. Banks have to balance the need for speed with risk mitigation and compliance in order to stay competitive.

Consider the following top regulations that most banks will need to comply with in the near future:

FDIC 370: According to Deloitte, The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), recently issued new requirements for all covered institutions with two million or more depository accounts to start complying with the final rule by April 1, 2020.

One of the key requirements of this regulation is that “each co-owner has personally signed a deposit account signature card” in order to be a “qualifying joint account” for purposes of deposit insurance. The FDIC believes that its signature card requirement will ensure safe and sound banking practices. Capturing and updating signature cards digitally ensures faster transaction management.

While you could send paper requests to verify and update signature cards, the process  would be cumbersome for your customers to print, scan, fax or mail paper signature cards back, cost more to mail physical requests, and take longer to get responses. With Docusign, you can add an alert to your banking app that would request an updated signature from your customer. With one click, you would have a digitally traceable signature card as well as audit trail. This makes it easier for your customers to respond to your requests, your employees to push out bulk requests, and also for your legal team to stay compliant. It’s what we call a win, win, win!

Regulation E : To comply with Reg.E, the consumer’s identity and consent to authorize must be verifiable. Using stronger authentication or multiple layers of authentication lowers the risk of repudiation,ensures consumer validity, prevents fraud, and strengthens dispute handling in the following use cases:

  • EFT agreements during account opening
  • Funds transfer instructions (authentication and consent)
  • Claims or error resolution

The key to meeting this regulation is to assess if you can identify the signer and attribute their signature to a unique electronic document. To satisfy such requirements, Docusign provides strong evidence to support identity of the signer through a robust assortment of authentication options, including single sign-on, two-factor authentication, voice print, shared secret, knowledge-based or controlled account access. Association of the signer and their signature with the document is supported by a detailed audit trail, which captures information about the transaction from beginning to end, identifying the signing events, locations, authentication measures used, and the unique identity of the document and signers.

Capture Consent: Buckling to sales and growth pressures, some large banks succumbed to creating accounts or credit card applications without consumer consent. US Regulators, such as The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) are looking at governance of sales practices, including instances where customer accounts may have been opened without explicit consent. In particular, the OCC is looking at products and services sold that impact a consumer’s credit score or can generate fees including deposit accounts, credit cards, CD’s, and more.

The Docusign platform supports the full process by which a transaction is created, executed, documented, and preserved. It integrates into your existing systems, whether it is Salesforce for CRM, Finastra for Lending or any other ERP back-end system. The platform is designed with API and extension capabilities in mind. Capturing data once and maintaining it across the lifecycle ensures there is no document tampering, minimizing risks of fraud.

By adding additional data fields or a simple checkbox on an application, you can ensure that your customers are truly consenting to the creation of a new account or credit card application. Docusign ensures all documents  are encrypted and include a tamper-evident. Every signature is tracked and time stamped. The Certificate of Completion captures key details like IP address, multi-factor authentication, and document history. Such solid document and consent trails make audits faster and stress free.

Banks are under constant scrutiny, subject to frequent audits and regulatory compliance. We can help you balance the challenges of maintaining accurate data and audit trails with servicing your customers faster. Learn more here.