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AML/KYC’s Data Confidence Crisis

via PYMNTS

The last thing anyone wants to hear from a financial organization is that the people tasked with risk management are feeling less than confident about their ability to do the job — because they aren’t sure if their data is good. If the risk experts aren’t feeling confident, it is difficult to know how anyone else in an organization will.

However, in flipping through the latest edition of the PYMNTS AML/KYC Tracker, a collaboration with Trulioo, there is a lot of data to suggest that this is the situation in many organizations.

About 29 percent of banks have not implemented know your customer (KYC) tools or external data providers across the customer life cycle. In addition, 69 percent of crypto exchanges lack “complete and transparent” KYC and customer due diligence processes, and 71 percent of trade providers have cited compliance limitations and inadequate KYC practices as key factors in driving trade finance rejection rates. Perhaps most worryingly, 63 percent of anti-money laundering (AML) compliance professionals said they lack confidence in their data. (more…)

Banks, Security

June 20, 2019

432

Thai banks set for facial and fingerprint biometric verification use in Q3

via Biometric Update

Customers of the Bank of Thailand will be able to use biometrics for identity verification when opening deposit accounts by the third quarter of this year to boost security, build consumer confidence, and improve access to financial services, according to the Bangkok Post.

The central bank is planning to gradually open up biometric technology to financial institutions for electronic know your customer (e-KYC) processes. Technology for facial and fingerprint recognition is being tested in a regulatory sandbox, with the tests scheduled for completion in Q3, according to Siritida Panomwan Na Ayudhya, assistant governor of the bank’s payment systems policy and financial group. (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Security, Thailand

June 3, 2019

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Japan to strengthen crypto AML, KYC laws and look hard at exchanges

via CoinGeek

Exchanges that are a little too lax on their anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) protections will need to start paying more attention. Japan, one of the world’s leaders in cryptocurrency regulation since the fall of Mt. Gox, looks to focus on these areas even more this year in an effort to grow up the industry.

Japanese outlet Nikkei reports the country’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) is “taking a hard look at cryptocurrency exchanges.” This comes as a G20 meeting will visit the country on June 28 and 29, and the FSA is expected to undergo an inspection by the global body’ Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to see how its performing. (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Japan, Security

May 23, 2019

374

Challenger bank N26 ordered to bolster money laundering safeguards

via American Banker

The German smartphone bank backed by billionaires Peter Thiel and Li Ka-shing has been ordered to bolster safeguards against money laundering and terrorist financing.

Germany’s financial regulator told N26 to “take appropriate internal safety measures” and “comply with general customer due diligence obligations.” The measures are likely to lead to higher security costs.

BaFin also said in the order, publicly released on Wednesday, that the lender must “remove backlogs in IT monitoring” and “ensure the existence of an adequate personnel and technical-organisational equipment in order to comply with its obligations under money laundering law.” (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks, Security

May 22, 2019

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Identity platform provider Auth0 raises $103 million at a valuation of $1 billion

via Venture Beat 

Online data breaches are on the rise, and it’s no great mystery why. In a recent survey conducted by LastPass, 59% of respondents said they reused passwords across multiple accounts and more than half said they hadn’t changed their password in the past year. About 95% of cybersecurity breaches are attributable to human errors like these, in fact, and malicious hackers are taking full advantage: It’s estimated that there’s a cyberattack every 39 seconds on average.

Bellevue, Washington-based identity-as-a-service startup Auth0 intends to reverse the trend, and it’s raising capital as it acts on its plans. The six-year-old company today announced that it has secured $103 million in series E financing led by Sapphire Ventures, with participation from existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, K9 Ventures, Trinity Ventures, Meritech Capital, Telstra Ventures, and World Innovation Lab. The cash infusion values Auth0 at $1 billion, and it brings its total capital raised to about $210 million. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Security

May 20, 2019

606

Jumio Teams Up to Fight Financial Crime with TruNarrative

via Finovate blog

Financial crime specialist TruNarrative is partnering with identity verification innovator Jumio to bolster its fraud detection and customer onboarding platform. The integration will enable TruNarrative’s existing customers and prospects to verify the authenticity of more than 3,300 ID document types from more than 200 countries and territories. (more…)

Fintech news, Security

May 17, 2019

1006

FrankieFinancial signs Australian neo banks to RegTech platform

via Finextra

RegTech startup FrankieFinancial has signed Australian neo banks Xinja and Novatti Group to its financial systems aggregator platform, which provides a single point of access to ID verification, KYC, AML, fraud and credit tools from 114 vendors and data sources. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks, RegTech, Security

May 15, 2019

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N26 to open security-focused tech centre in Vienna

via Finextra

N26 is opening a technology and innovation centre in Vienna that will focus on using AI to detect fraudulent transactions – which have reportedly been a problem for the digital bank, prompting a probe by German regulators. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Mobile-first banks, Security

April 23, 2019

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How technology is the only answer to tackling financial crime

via Telegraph.co.uk

Key to stopping financial crime is using the latest technology to truly understand a customer. That’s where you need Encompass, which gathers and analyses a wealth of information to build a picture of a company or individual in minutes, transforming the know-your-customer process. 


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AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Security

April 18, 2019

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Four Major Trends For Compliance Professionals In 2019

via Forbes 

Accenture recently issued its annual Compliance Risk Study to gain insight into the different strategies that firms are pursuing to create compliance functions that meet the demands of a rapidly changing financial services industry.

Facing regulatory pressure and seeking to regain customers’ trust, financial institutions have spent heavily on compliance in the ten-plus years since the global financial crisis of 2008. This year, however, we are seeing a shift away from spending to meet regulatory needs to a focus on aligning compliance with growth initiatives – and to take advantage of technological innovation to automate some of the more basic compliance functions, relieving some of the pressure on firms to find, train and retain scarce talent. (more…)

Global trends, RegTech, Security

April 17, 2019

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3 in 4 APAC Banks Believe Fraud Will Increase This Year

via Fintechnews Singapore

Almost three in four banks in Asia Pacific anticipate that fraud in their country will increase in 2019, according to a recent poll by FICO.

Two of the main areas of concern are card-not-present fraud and application fraud. Card-not-present payments are concerns are fueled largely by the fact that over 50% global online retail sales came from Asia Pacific in 2018.

Dan McConaghy, President of FICO in Asia Pacific shared that it is precisely due to such reasons that banks need to use AI and machine learning to combat the increased fraud risk. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, InspirAsia, Security

April 16, 2019

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Varo Money gets NICE anti-fraud tech

via FinTech Futures

Varo Money, the US challenger bank, has selected NICE Actimize to implement its financial crime strategy for anti-money laundering (AML) protections, including know-your-customer (KYC) requirements, sanctions screening and transaction monitoring capabilities.

Varo will integrate NICE Actimize’s AML Essentials, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) AML solution that detects and scores a range of banking activities, including customer due diligence, transaction monitoring, watch list filtering and Suspicious Activity Report (or SAR) filings. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks, Security

April 9, 2019

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How Artificial intelligence can usher a new wave of Identity Verification services?

via MarkTechPost

Artificial Intelligence is considered the next big thing when it comes to tech products and trends that will lead humanity to the next global revolution. But, apart from the ability of Facebook to determine the face of your friends in an uploaded image and incorporation of AI to suggest search engine results on Google, there is still to be seen a real-life application of Artificial Intelligence that can benefit individuals and businesses alike and we think there is no better contender for this, except for Identity Verification services. They cannot only deter online frauds and scams, but they can play a pivotal role in making payment frauds a thing of the past if used with appropriate intelligence. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Security

April 5, 2019

565

FICO and Equifax Forge Strategic Partnership

via Finovate blog 

A new strategic partnership between FICO and Equifax will help financial institutions better manage risk, marketing, and fraud. The two companies have introduced the Data Decisions Cloud: an end-to-end data and analytics suite that integrates Equifax Ignite, a data and analytics management solution, with FICO Cloud applications and Decision Management Suite, FICO’s digital decisioning platform. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Fintech news, Security

March 28, 2019

697

Everest to supply KYC platform in Samoa for cross-border transactions

via FinTech Futures 

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has selected Everest, a California-based firm that uses blockchain for know-your-customer (KYC) purposes, to fix a cross-border issue in Samoa, Australia and New Zealand.

The contract with ADB was signed on 1 March this year, with the implementation starting immediately and expected to be finished in Q3 of this year, Everest CEO and co-founder Bob Reid tells FinTech Futures. Everest was granted the contract after the call for proposals by ADB was made in October. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Security

March 28, 2019

657

Fixing The KYC And AML ‘Horse-and-Buggy’ Model

via PYMNTS

Only 1 percent of proceeds from financial crimes are intercepted, which means the bad guys are getting away with hundreds of billions of dollars, even trillions. Trulioo General Manager Zac Cohen tells Karen Webster that AML and KYC efforts can be enhanced if FIs think of compliance as a revenue generator, and seek partnerships with tech-nimble firms in a sandbox environment.

(more…)

Security

March 25, 2019

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Apple Card will make credit card fraud a lot more difficult

via TechCrunch

Apple’s new credit card has a curious security feature that will make it much more difficult to carry out credit card fraud.

The aptly named Apple Card is a new credit card, built into your iPhone Wallet app, which the company says will help customers live a “healthier” financial lifestyle. The card is designed to replace your traditional credit card and give you perks, such as daily cash. Chief among the benefits is a range of security and privacy features, which Apple says — unlike traditional credit card providers — the company doesn’t know where a customer shopped, what they bought or how much they paid. (more…)

Credit/Debit/Prepaid cards, Hotnews, Security

March 25, 2019

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BOC goes live with Epic Lanka’s Clari5 AML Solution to battle sophisticated financial threats

via The Daily FT

Technical advancement in transaction monitoring and futuristic risk-based approach of Clari5 AML system to help Sri Lanka achieve discipline in global financial space.

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InspirAsia, Security

March 21, 2019

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Jumio Partners with ComplyAdvantage to Reduce AML Risk Exposure

Jumio, the leading AI-powered trusted identity as a service provider, today announces the launch of Jumio Screening. This is a fully automated anti-money laundering (AML) screening solution that integrates ComplyAdvantage, a dynamic real-time database of people and companies that pose financial crime risk. (more…)

Credit scoring, Security

March 18, 2019

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Passbase is building a full-stack identity engine with privacy baked in

via TechCrunch

Digital identity startup Passbase has bagged $600,000 in pre-seed funding led by a group of business angel investors from Alphabet, Stanford, Kleiner Perkins and EY, as well as seed fund investment from Chicago-based Upheaval Investments and Seedcamp.

The 2018-founded Silicon Valley-based startup is building what it dubs an “identity engine” to simplify identity verification online.

Passbase offers a set of SDKs to developers to integrate into their service facial recognition, liveness detection, ID authenticity checks and ID information extraction, while also baking in privacy protections that allow individual users to control their own identity data. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Influences FinTech, Security

March 18, 2019

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Grab opens anti-fraud toolkit for partners

via Tech in Asia

Grab announced today that it will open its internally developed fraud-prevention technology to third parties, enabling its strategic partners and others to combat online fraud.

Named Grab Defense, the suite of tools and APIs is built around the app’s treasure trove of data and its experience in tackling ride-hailing fraud. (more…)

Fintech news, Indonesia, InspirAsia, Security

March 13, 2019

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Is Privacy Under Threat From All The Know-Your-Customer Documents Stored With Countless Services?

via Forbes

European anti-money laundering legislation means customers and businesses are required to provide potentially sensitive documentation to prove their identities. But how safe are the methods of sharing and storing those documents? Are these attempts to strengthen security creating security and privacy risks of their own?

Right now, we’re stuck with a system that forces customers to duplicate key processes, and means sensitive personal documents are stored in multiple locations with multiple services. That’s a poor experience for customers. More seriously, it greatly increases the risk of data breaches. Recent years have proved – with increasing frequency – just how urgent those risks are. (more…)

Blockchain, Global trends, Security

March 4, 2019

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Onfido, which verifies IDs using AI, nabs $50M from SoftBank, Salesforce, Microsoft and more

via TechCrunch

Security breaches, where malicious hackers obtain snippets of information that then get used to impersonate individuals in order to gain access to individuals’ and businesses’ sensitive financial and other private information, have become par for the course in the world of digital services. More than 2.7 billion records were  breached in a single incident this year in the US, and overall the damage from incidents like these potentially runs into the trillions of dollars globally.

Today, a startup called Onfido, which uses AI techniques combined with human verifiers to efficiently verify people are who they say they are when using digital services — is today announcing $50 million in funding to help address that ongoing — and growing — problem. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Security

March 4, 2019

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Socure raises $30 million to combat identity fraud with machine learning

via VentureBeat

Identity fraud: It’s more common than you think. In 2017, 6.64 percent of consumers — or about 16.7 million people — fell victim to it, according to a report by research firm Javelin Strategy. (That’s up 1 million from 2016.) And in 2018 alone, over 2.6 billion records were stolen or exposed in more than 1,100 data breaches around the world.

That’s enough to give anyone the willies, but New York-based Socure hopes to put minds at ease with its cloud-based identity verification and fraud prevention solution. To accelerate its market expansion and grow its sales, marketing, research, and customer support teams, the startup has completed a $30 million series C funding round led by Scale Venture Partners, with participation from contributors Commerce Ventures, Flint Capital, Two Sigma Ventures, Synchrony, along with new investor Sorenson Capital.

(more…)

Fintech news, Security

February 28, 2019

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Dow Jones’ watchlist of 2.4 million high-risk individuals has leaked

via TechCrunch

A watchlist of risky individuals and corporate entities owned by Dow Jones has been exposed, after a company with access to the database left it on a server without a password.

Bob Diachenko, an independent security researcher, found the Amazon Web Services-hosted Elasticsearch database exposing more than 2.4 million records of individuals or business entities.

The data, since secured, is the financial giant’s Watchlist database, which companies use as part of their risk and compliance efforts. Other financial companies, like Thomson Reuters, have their own databases of high-risk clients, politically exposed persons and terrorists — but have also been exposed over the years through separate security lapses. (more…)

news, Security

February 25, 2019

Nordea to use biometrics to protect customer data assets

Nordea is implementing biometric authentication from Veridium for employees handling confidential customer data. (more…)

Banks, Security

February 8, 2018

MarketInvoice Reports Record Invoice Demand During Q3: Proud to Support UK Businesses

By MarketInvoice

Business finance company MarketInvoice observed record quarterly demand for invoice finance from UK businesses in Q3 2017. £196.2m worth of invoices were funded in the quarter, of which £74.1m was funded in August alone – a record month for MarketInvoice, providing UK businesses with critical working capital. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, Security

October 11, 2017

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Singapore is on the way to blockchain-based digital KYC

Igor Pesin, Life.SREDA VC

In “Identity is the New Money”, Dave Birch, a founding director of the specialist consultancy Consult Hyperion, lays out the extraordinary change in how we think about both identity and money that new technologies — especially mobile phones — are making possible. “We need intermediaries to manage, and money is one of them. If, however, technology gives us back that shared memory, then we don’t need intermediaries to enable transactions. It becomes what some people call a “reputation economy”.” And this reputation can be broken if we can’t create new tech advanced solutions to keep our personal data really safe. (more…)

Hotnews, Influences FinTech, Security

October 5, 2017

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Solving the Most Painful Fintech Problem

The Inconspicuous Great Pain of Fintechs and Their Clients: How to Solve It?

According to the Money of the Future research, fintech has been the No. 1 of all venture capital industries for the second year in terms of attracted capital, especially in Asia. However, most of these companies each time face the same problem – KYC and quick customer “landing” during registration.  (more…)

Blockchain, Global trends, Hotnews, Security

September 22, 2017

KBC Bank Ireland introduces app-based account opening

By KBC bank

KBC Bank Ireland, Ireland’s digital-first bank, has launched a ground-breaking new mobile app for new customers. KBC’s app is the first of its kind, and works by allowing customers to open, activate and use their bank account at any time, within just five minutes. (more…)

Banks, Hotnews, Security

September 8, 2017