Investigation Clears Goldman Sachs of Apple Card Gender Bias

Goldman Sachs has been cleared of gender bias and discriminatory lending decisions related to Apple Card, according to the findings of New York's financial regulator (via Bloomberg).

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Goldman Sachs did not use discriminatory practices when deciding whether to extend credit to prospective ‌Apple Card‌ customers, the New York State Department of Financial Services has said. It also found no evidence that the lender's credit decisions had a disproportionate impact on certain groups of people.

‌Apple Card‌ came under fire for alleged gender discrimination in the months after its launch, with some customers complaining on Twitter that women were granted lower credit limits than men.

This triggered an investigation into ‌Apple Card‌'s algorithms for determining credit limits in November 2019. The investigation, which included an analysis of the underwriting data for almost 400,000 New York applicants for ‌Apple Card‌, found no violations of fair lending laws. In a statement, Superintendent of Financial Services Linda A. Lacewell said:

While we found no fair lending violations, our inquiry stands as a reminder of disparities in access to credit that continue nearly 50 years after the passage of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. This is one part of a broader discussion we must have about equal credit access.

Nevertheless, Goldman Sachs was criticized for shortcomings in customer service and a perceived lack of transparency that undermined consumer trust, with the report saying that these problems "might have been prevented by better management" of ‌Apple Card‌'s rollout.

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Top Rated Comments

lkrupp Avatar
43 months ago
I remember the a**hat that started this. He and his wife applied for their own Apple Cards and he got a bigger credit limit than she did. Ipso facto she was discriminated against, he claimed. In today’s culture there’s a discrimination, a racist, a xenophobe, a homophobe, a bigot, a misogynist, a Caucasian cisgender straight male hiding behind every rock ready to pounce on the oppressed.
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LeeW Avatar
43 months ago
While we found no fair lending violations, our inquiry stands as a reminder of disparities in access to credit that continue nearly 50 years after the passage of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. This is one part of a broader discussion we must have about equal credit access.

^^ Ok, the answer is no, you found nothing, stop there. No need to use it as a platform for broader discussion.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
centauratlas Avatar
43 months ago
Today what passes for discussion is deplorable. Instead of discussion, people attempt to shut up those who disagree with them by labelling them racist, sexist, homophobic etc. so that they don't have to debate on the merits. The attempts to divide people by immutable characteristics such as gender, skin color and the like are equally bad and are only useful to empower those who want more power over everyone else.

Instead of a colorblind meritocracy based on objective standards, the goal is a non-color blind society that discriminators against unfavored groups.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aardwolf Avatar
43 months ago
So in other words, credit scores don't have a gender? Who could have known???
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
brendu Avatar
43 months ago

So in other words, credit scores don't have a gender? Who could have known???
Big Brother has now flagged you as a racist bigot for saying something logical. Please enroll in a Woke re-programming session to prevent your social credit score from falling below our arbitrary standard, or you will no longer be able to apply for a credit card.... /s
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
calzon65 Avatar
43 months ago
It's true that many decades ago there was a lot of gender and racial bias when it came to granting of credit, but in the past 75 years what about the progress that has been made to right most of these wrongs.

The level of vitriol is out-of-control, it's as if people think we are living in the distant past. It seems like the new norm is to level scathing accusations of bias against your enemy or whatever it takes to smear the "other side".

Accusations of gender bias, racial bias, religious bias, sexual bias, etc., are becoming pathetic ... I'm sure the dislikes will flood in on this post so bring it you SJWs
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)