The New York State Department of Financial Services came to an agreement with top Wall Street banks allowing them to use a new secure messaging system some feared could impede investigations of misconduct, it was announced Monday.
Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, and Bank of New York Mellon will be able to use the software, called Symphony, under special rules governing the service. Symphony will be required to keep a copy of all communication for seven years, while independent custodians will keep copies of decryption keys for the banks’ messages. The Department wants these regulations to apply to all financial institutions that choose to use Symphony.
Some observers expressed fears that Symphony could be used by big banks in a way that would make it harder for investigators to look back at bankers’ previous communications.