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  1. An investigation was underway on Friday night after the personal data of up to 44 million British consumers was feared stolen by hackers in a massive cyber attack. The information commissioner said it was investigating how the hack on Equifax, a US credit rating firm, affected UK customers, many of whom will be unaware their data is held by the company. Equifax and its UK subsidiary companies state on their websites that they represent British clients including BT, Capital One and British Gas. There are fears that customers of these companies could now be affected. BT said that "many companies in the UK" used Equifax services and said that it was "monitoring the situation closely". The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has urged Equifax to alert affected UK customers as soon as possible, and said it will work with the relevant overseas authorities on behalf of British citizens. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/09/08/equifax-hack-britons-data-watchdog-investigates-ukimpact-major/
  2. An investigation was underway on Friday night after the personal data of up to 44 million British consumers was feared stolen by hackers in a massive cyber attack. The information commissioner said it was investigating how the hack on Equifax, a US credit rating firm, affected UK customers, many of whom will be unaware their data is held by the company. Equifax and its UK subsidiary companies state on their websites that they represent British clients including BT, Capital One and British Gas. There are fears that customers of these companies could now be affected. BT said that "many companies in the UK" used Equifax services and said that it was "monitoring the situation closely". The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has urged Equifax to alert affected UK customers as soon as possible, and said it will work with the relevant overseas authorities on behalf of British citizens. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/09/08/equifax-hack-britons-data-watchdog-investigates-ukimpact-major/
  3. In many countries borrowers can fix their mortgage rate for decades. The Bank of England wants the UK to follow. In many parts of the world, house buyers can rest assured that their mortgage rates won’t change for decades. Now British lenders are coming under renewed pressure to introduce deals that fix rates for 25 years. This would provide certainty around future repayments and may even help make the property market more stable. Interest rates are expected to rise towards the end of this year or in early 2015. However, some experts are predicting earlier rises after unemployment data published this week showed unemployment fell to 7.1pc. This is just 0.1 of a percentage point above the level where the Bank of England said it would begin considering raising interest rates, although the Bank has dropped heavy hints that a rise is not imminent. There are fears that when rates do go up, many borrowers who have short-term fixes or variable rate mortgages could struggle to afford the higher repayments. Earlier this month the Bank of England said home owners faced a “real risk of exposure to rising interest rates” in the coming years, which could be removed by “locking in” mortgage rates. Richard Sharp, an external member of the Bank’s Financial Policy Committee, said: “Certainly, the structure of the UK would have lower risk associated with the housing market if more mortgages were fixed, and fixed for longer.” More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/10594494/Why-Britons-cant-have-40-year-fixed-rate-mortgages.html
  4. Customers have been warned that a proposed change in European Union rules may force banks to introduce annual charges of £11 on debit cards and £25 on credit cards. The European Commission last year produced a Green Paper suggesting that "interchange fees", those imposed on retailers by the transaction firms Mastercard and Visa, should be capped or banned in order to improve transparency. Those plans are expected to be published as a firm proposal later this month. But opponents have argued that it would force banks to pass the cost on to customers. Telegraph Money reported earlier this year that perks on credit cards, such as cashback, could be axed or eroded, and fees might be introduced. A new report released on Tuesday, commisioned by Mastercard, estimated that the loss to card issuers could be £2.4bn with £2.2bn of savings for large retailers but with "no evidence that these savings are passed on to the consumer in lower prices". It said that as a result cardholder fees would "rise by up to £11 for debit cards and £25 for credit cards". The report by consultancy Europe Economics was produced with academics at the University of Essex. More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/creditcards/10153653/EU-rule-could-force-11-debit-card-charge-on-Britons.html
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