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Deutsche Bank Probes Staff’s WhatsApp Use as U.S. Cracks Down

March 3, 2022, 1:55 PM

Deutsche Bank AG is conducting an internal probe into the extent to which staff used private messaging channels such as WhatsApp, amid a crackdown from U.S. regulators on banks who fail to store business-related communication.

Many senior executives have long relied on smartphone messaging services to communicate with each other, clients and other stakeholders, people familiar with the matter said. Those exchanges are part of an internal investigation that the German lender has kicked off to see if staff communications were in compliance with company policies and banking regulation, the people said asking not to be identified discussing private information. ...