Compliance and game theory

Game theory is a toolbox offering various analytical instruments that can be applied across a range of areas, for example in economics and law. In the simplest model, the “players” are a potential bank customer and a compliance officer. The game – onboarding, for example – is subject to particular rules. In the best-case scenario, the customer will be accepted and the compliance officer will not have any problems with them. In the worst-case scenario, the potential bank customer will be turned down, but the compliance officer will still experience problems.

In game theory, a disbursement feature defines success or failure. Customers can generate revenue for a bank – or fines. It’s not surprising that the compliance field has not yet employed game theory to any great extent. Compliance games feature complex interactions that are hardly on the same level as Parcheesi or the prisoner’s dilemma. However, it is to be hoped that game theory approaches will generate added value in compliance processes in future.


Complete Revision of the Federal Data Protection Act

Complete Revision of the Federal Data Protection Act: „As of 15th September 2017, draft and report for a completely revised Federal Data Protection Act is public. In a first step parliament and the people agreed to adaptations in order to be compliant with EU law. The second part of the revision is debated by the parliament since September 2019. Data Protection is to be increased by giving people more control over their private data as well as reinforcing transparency regarding the handling of confidential data.”


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