Top KYC and AML news of the week | 08 October — 15 October’21

Data Zoo
3 min readOct 15, 2021

Doing the bare minimum is no longer acceptable when it comes to anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing (AML/CTF) compliance. The global regulatory environment is evolving around governments implementing stricter AML laws, international regulators increasing enforcement actions, and new innovative technology that opens up opportunities for businesses, consumers, and criminals. Let’s have a look at what has been happening over this week.

Regulation news:

China releases the Personal Information Protection Law

Dated: 10.10.21

On August 20, 2021, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress passed the Personal Information Protection Law (“PIPL”), which will take effect on November 1, 2021. The PIPL establishes guiding principles on protecting personal information, adopts a risk-based approach (imposing strict compliance obligations in specified high-risk scenarios), and creates legal rights for data subjects.

Foreign businesses operating in China may be subject to PIPL’s regulatory requirement, and failing to the obligations will result in penalties. Foreign organisations may also be subject to consequences under the PIPL for violating Chinese citizens’ personal information rights or harming China’s national security or public interest.

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Fraud and corruption news:

German watchdog imposed $5 million fine on an online bank for weak AML regulations

Dated: 08.10.21

German online bank N26 was investigated by financial watchdog BaFin for weak AML controls and imposed a $4.93 million fine on the digital banking platform. N26 was ordered to strengthen its regulatory structure.

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British Bank expected to pay $463 million in fine for failing to prevent money laundering

Dated: 13.10.21

A British high street bank faces a massive fine for failing to prevent a jewellery wholesaler from laundering almost $500m. NatWest is expecting to pay up to $463 million following a historic prosecution by financial regulators. It’s the first time a bank has been prosecuted under the Money Laundering Regulations since they became law in 2007.

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KYC tech and trends:

Dubai is a growing hub for crypto

Dated: 13.10.21

Dubai and the UAE are attractive crypto destinations due to the ease of converting cryptocurrencies into cash with low fees while remaining almost anonymous. Exchanges generally require basic know-your-customer (KYC) identity and “nothing more.” Dubai is pro-crypto, allowing investors to buy, sell, or hold digital assets at zero taxes. In comparison, global regulators and countries are creating new regulations for the crypto industry. The motive behind Dubai’s ease of crypto activities is to increase investment in local crypto markets.

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This week at Data Zoo:

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