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Chopra Testifies The Agency Aims To Scrutinize Big Tech

 |  October 26, 2021

According to a report from Reuters, the head of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Rohit Chopra, will tell lawmakers the agency seeks to minimize foreclosures on struggling American homeowners and ensure “greater competitive intensity” in consumer lending.

The same report claims the agency will also aim to scrutinize Big Tech as it gains greater control over money flows and will sharpen its enforcement focus on firms that repeatedly violate consumer finance laws.

Chopra’s first hearing as CFPB director on Wednesday, October 27, to members of the House Financial Services Committee is expected to outline an ambitious agenda amid the ongoing economic fallout from the coronavirus.

“The CFPB will use its tools to promote an equitable and inclusive recovery,” Chopra will tell the panel. I hope to focus attention on ways to stimulate greater competitive intensity in consumer financial markets and sharpen my focus on repeat offenders, particularly those that violate agency or federal court orders.”

He added the agency will keep a close eye on practices that might impede competition by taking note of “the obstacles small local financial institutions face when seeking to challenge dominant incumbents, including in Big Tech.”

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