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April 13, 2017

Securities Law Daily: Dodd-Frank Redo Would Limit SEC Access to Source Code

The SEC couldn’t gain nearly unrestricted access to trading systems’ computer software under a new Republican proposal to overhaul the Dodd-Frank Act. House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling would require the SEC to obtain a subpoena before getting access to source code, according to a committee memo laying out changes to his Financial Choice Act. “Our government shouldn’t be able to take any intellectual property without due process,” said William Harts, chief executive officer of Modern Markets Initiative, an industry association representing electronic and high-frequency trading firms.

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“Due to the rise of high-frequency trading, investors both large and small enjoy a deeper pool of potential buyers and sellers, and a wider variety of ways to execute trades…investors now enjoy faster, more reliable execution technology and lower execution fees than ever before."

Arthur Levitt, former SEC Chairman

The Wall Street Journal, August 17, 2009

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