TESOBE, Berlin-based software development firm, has launched the Open Bank Project with the hopes of bringing more transparency to the world's banking community. To accomplish its goal, the Open Bank Project provides an API that banks utilize to provide transaction data to interested parties. Given the hypersensitivity of financial information, the Open Bank Project must persevere through many obstacles. However, should the idea catch hold, it could be the first example of open banking as a service.
With the many vulnerabilities of scraping bank account data causing concerns for some large banks, Wells Fargo recently announced that it intends to create an API to enable integration with accounting software Xero to give small businesses better visibility of their banking data.