U.S. banking regulators urge ‘responsible use’ of alternative lending data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. banking regulators said on Tuesday that lenders must have robust compliance tools in place to ensure “responsible use” of non-traditional sources of financial data to help determine whether a potential customer is credit worthy. In a joint statement, the country’s five chief regulators acknowledged that using consumer information originating outside of traditional sources could expand the access and affordability of credit for certain borrowers.