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Barclays fined $3.75m for electronic record keeping failures

02 January 2014  |  6661 views  |  1 Barclays branch sign

US regulator Finra has slapped Barclays Capital with a $3.75 million fine for a decade-long failure to properly preserve electronic records, e-mails and instant messages.

Finra (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) says that from at least 2002 to 2012, Barclays failed to properly save business-related information such as order and trade ticket data, trade confirmations, blotters, and account records.

Under federal securities laws the records should have been kept in non-rewritable, non-erasable format - known in industry parlance as 'Write-Once, Read-Many' or 'Worm'.

Brad Bennett, chief of enforcement, Finra, says: "Ensuring the integrity, accuracy and accessibility of electronic books and records is essential to a firm's ability to meet its compliance obligations. The format errors in this case made it nearly impossible for Barclays to verify that these key materials remained in an unaltered condition."

In addition, millions of Bloomberg instant messages as well as attachments to some Bloomberg e-mails were not properly retained for several years, hindering the bank's ability to respond to requests for electronic communications in regulatory and civil matters, says Finra.

Barclays neither admitted nor denied the charges, but consented to the entry of Finra's findings.

Comments: (1)

Neil Crammond
Neil Crammond - trader - london | 02 January, 2014, 16:56

On current form Barclays appear to of been guilty of most market abuses and manipulation since 2002 ............. Therefore very clever to suddenly lose all trading data for a decade . A $4 m fine for miss data that probably showed mass market abuse is better than the hundreds of millions they would of incurred if taken to court .   I Struggle to believe the regulators have fallen for this trick .   Years ago REFCO burnt down warehouses full of trading data when regulators came snooping !  Another reason why Barclays are still not fit to carry on trading ; perhaps theres a few retired staff looking over their shoulders now too ?

 

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