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    Banks demand fraud register

    Belgian banks have asked the government whether a register of convicted fraudsters might be compiled. Febelfin, the Belgian federation of the financial sector, confirmed this information today (Thursday) in De Tijd.

    The Secretary of State for Privacy, Philippe De Backer (Open Flemish Liberals), has already received a negative decision from the Privacy Commission upon this subject, as maintaining data on offences is only allowed on an exceptional basis.

    However, together with the Minister of Finances Johan Van Overtveldt (the New Flemish Alliance) and Febelfin, he envisages adapting the legislation to accede to the request of the bank.

    Febelfin denies that there is any question of a blacklist. The federation explains those featuring in the register will not be refused financial services, but they will simply be more rigorously checked.

    Lars Andersen
    The Brussels Times