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ePassports: the new ID card?

Will the Biometrics in e-Passports Replace Today’s ID Cards?

August 19, 2020

The problem with most plastic forms of government-issued IDs is that they can be forged or digitally manipulated with ease, and counterfeiters can now order high-resolution printing equipment and some basic security inks online. They often change the personalized data of an existing ID document through methods such as scratching, cutting, dissolving or using solvents…

Intelligent ID

Intelligent ID: How AI-Driven Biometrics Enhance Trust and Improve the Identity Lifecycle

August 05, 2020

Not all biometrics are the same. Functionally they do the same thing — measure and compare unique physical or behavioral traits — but smart biometrics, which are enhanced by artificial intelligence and machine learning, adapt and evolve with every use. Smart biometrics are the foundational aspects of a broader trend that FindBiometrics calls “Intelligent ID” — a key…

Criminally Good Paintings: U.S. Senate Investigates Money Laundering in the Art Industry

August 04, 2020

High-value art is being used by sanctioned individuals to launder money, according to a recent report by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. The art industry does not have the same anti-money laundering (AML) requirements as banks and other financial firms, creating a perfect loophole for criminals. Many auction houses do have voluntary AML programs in…

FBI Identifies Money Laundering Vulnerabilities at Private Equity Firms and Hedge Funds

July 28, 2020

Money launderers are exploiting vulnerabilities in private equity firms and hedge funds, according to a recently leaked FBI report. These firms are not subject to the same anti-money laundering (AML) requirements as other financial firms. For example, whereas banks and broker-dealers are required to have an AML program in place and must perform Bank Secrecy Act filings and customer…

What’s New in Beam? July 2020 Product Update

July 21, 2020

Update: The Beam platform is now Jumio Transaction Monitoring.  *** We have been very busy developing exciting new features in the Beam platform. Today we are happy to announce some major improvements that will make compliance even smoother in your organization. Quality Control (QC) This feature allows QC managers to verify that analysts are meeting…

What is the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)?

July 07, 2020

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) protects investors in the United States from financial crime. It achieves this goal by establishing and overseeing the rules and guidance that regulate the US broker-dealer industry and the trade of financial assets. FINRA structure FINRA formed in 2007. It originated from the consolidation of the National Association of Securities Dealers…

What is Securities Compliance?

July 06, 2020

Securities compliance is the adherence to the rules and regulations related to trading securities. The regulatory organizations who create and enforce these laws include: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) National Futures Association (NFA) These organizations work to ensure the safety and fairness of the financial markets. Their regulations protect…

What is AML Case Management?

July 02, 2020

Anti-money laundering (AML) case management is the critical step where analysts at financial institutions review suspicious activity. The detection rules in an AML system flag all the transactions that meet specific criteria. Then, analysts review those transactions to determine whether they might be criminal activity. The analyst must build a case by looking at the…

What is a Risk-Based Approach to AML?

July 01, 2020

As the world has become more connected and reliant on technology, criminals have become more sophisticated. Narcotics and arms traffickers as well as terrorists rely on money laundering to disguise the sources of their illegal funds. And they use a range of tools and methods to get around regulations and through loopholes in the financial system. But…

10 Sample AML Compliance Rules

June 30, 2020

Money laundering schemes are difficult to detect. The goal of compliance teams at fintechs, banks, platforms, and payment processors is to find these abnormal patterns in the sea of transaction data generated every day. This creates a critical balancing act where rules must catch all of the bad activity without being so broad they generate overwhelming…

10 Steps to Choosing the Right Compliance Solution

June 29, 2020

Maybe you just found out that your company is a target for money laundering, and regulators or your partners are pressuring you to get a compliance solution, fast. Or maybe you have an established compliance team, but your tools require a lot of manual overhead and produce too many false positives, and the alternatives you’ve…

remote onboarding: Make or Break

Why Remote Onboarding Will Make or Break Banks in 2020

June 18, 2020

A J.D. Power study released in February 2020 found that the number of new account openings at bank branches now comprises just 55% of all new account openings, down 10 percentage points from just a year ago. The same study found that 31% of new account openings are executed through a bank website or mobile…