Finbold 2020 Report Shows Banks Were Fined $14 Bn Due to Irregularities

A recently released report by Finbold showed a tally of banks and countries served with fines due to breaching money laundering regulations and leaking private data. The compilation is arranged from the highest-fined to the lowest. The USA has 12 banks fined, standing as the largest number in the tally by far as China followed it with 7.  More Details on the Report Finbold's report further stated that the banks' faults varied, including not following Anti-Money Laundering protocols (AML), sharing…

LocalBitcoins Claims 70% Reduction in Transactions Related To Darknet

The top peer-to-peer (P2P) crypto exchange LocalBitcoins has noted a 70 percent decrease in the number of transactions related to darknet since its adoption of AML (Anti-Money Laundering) and KYC (Know Your Customer) regulations in September last year. LocalBitcoins noted its ability to remarkably decrease the number of transactions related to darknet carried out using its platform between September last year and May this year. In the words of the chief marketing officer at LocalBitcoins, Jukka Blomberg to Cointelegraph, the…

How Is the 5AMLD Disrupting Crypto Service Providers

On January 10th, 2020, the European Union’s 5th Anti-Money laundering Directory (5AMLD) came into force. The new law gives sweeping powers to compliance organizations and law authorities to introduce a series of restrictive demands on crypto companies in a way never seen before. Organizations that deal with crypto-related activity have been under mounting pressure to implement compliance measures to register new clients. With the advent of the law, the compliance measures will only increase on an industry-wide scale, with regulations…

Solving the KYC/AML problem using Blockchain Technology

Why do we need KYC/AML? Know Your Customer (aka KYC) is the regulatory and compliance obligation for the conventional banking and financial system to capture customer information before onboarding and providing any financial services. In banks, KYC is embedded into the account opening forms, which mandate customers to provide accurate information and ideally update as soon as any change occurs in the KYC data. Similarly, other financial institutions such as Stocks, Mutual Funds, Insurance companies, etc. also require KYC information…