Blacklist part 1: notorious unethical banks
|financial institution||political party||ALEC||CISPA||drug testing||finances private prisons||Tor-hostile||environmental abuses||other ethical problems|
|Bank of America||🐘||🚨||🔎||🚓 (will stop)||👁 (& VPN-hostile)||fracking, fossil fuel, extreme fossil fuel, Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Dakota Access Pipeline, ultra-deepwater oil & gas projects, Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge||politically motivated denial of fund transfers; often named "most hated bank" in consumer feedback studies; xenophobic policy and hostile toward immigrants; shamed for dumb password rules; data breach; paid $1 million to the Trump inaugeration; caught snooping on customers and data sharing with the FBI.|
|Capital One||🐘||🚨||👁||sponsors Fox News; spent $20 million on Facebook ads (thus feeding a privacy abuser); uses privacy-abusing Amazon AWS which lead to exfiltration of 100M customer records; shamed for dumb password rules|
|Citibank||🐘||🚨||🔎||fossil fuel, extreme fossil fuel, ultra-deepwater oil & gas projects, Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion||member of Better Than Cash Alliance thus fights to remove the cash payment option; Citi blocked insulin to 450,000 Venezuelans; Citi blocks account holder access to money if Citibank doesn't like your address; shamed for dumb password rules; data breach in 2005; data breach in 2011; data breach in 2013|
|Fifth Third||🐘||🚨||🔎||🚓||cbios.53.com is CloudFlared; bank employs 17,744 workers in pro-forced-birth state (OH)|
|JP Morgan - Chase||🐘||🚨||🔎||🚓 (will stop)||👁+||Arctic oil and gas exploration, fracking, fossil fuel, extreme fossil fuel, Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Dakota Access Pipeline, ultra-deepwater oil & gas projects, Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion||supports Trump; financed nazis; paid $3k per engineer per day to Palantir (thus contributing to family separation at the US-Mexico border); data breach in 2007 (warning: popups, better link needed); data breach in 2014;|
|PNC||🐘||👌||🚨||🔎||🚓||Atlantic Coast Pipeline||caught financing the Cloakroom project; supplies banking service to Charles Schwab.|
|Suntrust Bank||🚨||🔎||🚓||Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion||employs 24,375 workers in pro-forced-birth state (GA)|
|TD Bank||🚨||👁||fossil fuel, Atlantic Coast Pipeline||Canadian ownership. Unlike TD Ameritrade, TD Bank was not acquired by Charles Schwab; data breach in 2014|
|US Bancorp - US Bank||🐘||🚨||🔎||🚓||employs 4000 workers in pro-forced-birth state (MS)|
|Wells Fargo||🐘||🚨||🔎||🚓 (will stop)||👁||fracking, fossil fuel (source 2), Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Dakota Access Pipeline, Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion||supports Trump; sponsors Fox News; caught committing fraud; shamed for dumb password rules; only one large PPP loan given to a black-owned business; accused of charging black and latinx applicants higher rates and fees for home loans.|
(🐘) Commercial banks who meddle in politics tend to give disproportionately more to republican candidates (53/43%) and credit unions tend to give disproportionately more to democrats (58/41%), although it's uncommon for credit unions to meddle in politics at all. The elephant (🐘) above indicates that it's confirmed specifically for that bank that it favors republicans. Absence of 🐘 just means I didn't check that bank.
(🚨) the problem with CISPA-- CISPA was a bill to create a system of unwarranted mass surveillance through information sharing between the government and private sector. Congress blocked the bill, but it was later reincarnated as CISA and it passed. The police light (🚨) indicates that the bank lobbied for a police surveillance state in favor of CISPA.
(🔎) the problem with drug testing-- Drug testing employees in all cases above entail control over employees lifestyle outside the workplace. And in most cases involving medicinal mj states, the drug test also harms the healthcare of employees by intervening in doctors' prescriptions. The magnifying glass (🔎) indicates that the bank mistreats employees by drug testing them.
(🚓) the problem with prison financing-- Under the Trump administration, the number of immigrants detained by the US government has skyrocketed. Nearly 75% of those detained are held in private prisons, whose stock prices have soared against the backdrop of Trump’s zero-tolerance and family separation policies. A Popular Democracy study details which banks are financing private prisons and detention centers, as well as the banks that have made commitments to stop.
(👌) the problem with ALEC-- ALEC is a huge right-wing political lobby that puts corporate interests above the interest of human beings, as it fights gun control, fights healthcare, fights immigration, fights unions, fights public education, fights womens rights, and supports the NRA. The OK hand sign (👌) indicates that the bank supports right-wing extremism through ALEC membership.
(👁) the problem with Tor hostility-- Tor is a tool that helps the privacy of consumers. Banks that block Tor or take hostile actions against customers who use Tor are indicated with an eye (👁). A plus ("+") indicates that the bank allows Tor users to attempt to login (so they can discover which of their customers use Tor), followed by a permanent account denial and locked bank account.
More metrics: to see where these banks stand on gun issues, see https://isyourbankloaded.org.
Blacklist part 2: unethical banks masquerading as ethical banks
These banks have managed to obtain endorsement from ethics-focused organizations, but they either block Tor users or they subject all their customers to the privacy and netneutrality abuses of CloudFlare or they push an hCAPTCHA:
|Financial institution||Values-based network||Blocks Tor||CloudFlared login page||hCAPTCHA||Locations||Notes|
|Mascoma Savings Bank||B Corp||👁||?||New Hampshire, Vermont|
|Missoula Federal Credit Union||👁||y||Montana||A 3rd party site said they were a GABV member, but they aren't listed on the GABV site. They also don't exist in the CDFI spreadsheet|
|National Cooperative Bank||GABV||👁||👁||y||?||hCAPTCHA pushed to Tor users (untested for non-Tor users)|
These banks are endorsed by a values-based network, but they outsource hosting to an unethical and untrustworthy tech giant. Exceptionally, New Resource Bank is also listed here because endorsements by B Corp and GABV seem to have been dropped.
|Financial institution||Values-based network||Locations||Notes|
|Aspiration||B Corp||N/A (online only)||Amazon AWS-hosted; blog.aspiration.com is a CloudFlare site; login page previously blocked Tor, but not when checked in Jan. 2021; it will go back to the blacklist if found to block Tor in the future.|
|Lead Bank||GABV||Missouri||Paper statements are $5, but they say they're willing to email statements if the website stops working for a customer's browser; Amazon AWS-hosted; online reg. open to out-of-state residents; Moneypass ATMs|
|New Resource Bank||California||A 3rd party site said they were both B Corp listed and a GABV member, but they aren't listed on either site. Website also harasses Tor users about having a clock that's ahead and it uses CloudFlare NS servers which means they can spontaneously start proxying through CloudFlare with ease.|
|Piscataqua Savings Bank||B Corp||New Hampshire||Amazon AWS-hosted; online reg. open to out-of-state residents|
|Southern Bancorp||B Corp, GABV, CDFI||Arkansas, Mississippi||Google Cloud-hosted; uses CloudFlare NS servers which means they can spontaneously start proxying through CloudFlare with ease.|
|Sunrise Banks||B Corp, GABV, CDFI||Minnesota||Google Cloud-hosted|
|Verity Credit Union||GABV||Washington||Amazon AWS-hosted; was MitMd by CloudFlare in the past but not when last checked on Feb.2021.|
Whitelist: relatively ethical banks
These banks are endorsed by a values-based network, and are properly hosted. Superficially, there are no obvious significant anti-privacy or anti-consumer website features.
|Financial institution||Values-based network||Locations||Notes|
|Amalgamated Bank||B Corp, GABV, UNEPFI||New York, Washington, D.C.||Previously blocked Tor, but not when checked in Jan. 2021, so it's back on the whitelist for now.|
|Brattleboro Savings & Loan||B Corp||Vermont|
|City First Bank of DC||B Corp, GABV, CDFI||Washington, D.C.||Online application available, so perhaps it's open to out-of-state clients.|
|First Boulevard||online-only||This bank is not yet open for business. Its focused on shrinking the racial wealth gap and has partnered with Visa to offer crypto-trading capabilities. Note that involvement with Visa is cause for concern, as Visa is the most aggressive proponent of the unethical war on cash. It also appears they may be strictly mobile, which likely means forced use of Google Playstore.|
|Spring Bank||B Corp, CDFI||New York||Website down as of Jan. 2021|
|VCC Bank||B Corp, CDFI||Virginia||Fastly-hosted; there is an online application, so perhaps it's open to out-of-state clients.|
|VSECU (Vermont State Employees Credit Union)||GABV||Vermont|