money laundering

4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive Prescribes Electronic Identity Verification for Customer Due Diligence

The 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4MLD) came into force as an upgrade/replacement of the 3MLD (3rd Anti-Money Laundering Directive) on June 26th, 2017 with a clear goal of expanding the risk based approach established with 3MLD.  Further 4MLD expanded the requirements and general principles in the European Union which government the necessary checks required to meet money laundering and compliance guidelines.   

The overall focus for 4MLD is listed in the table below: 

Key 4MLD Focus areas of increased requirements:
Increased focus on risk based approach Required not just for Financial org. anymore
Focus on Tax Crimes Expanded Customer due diligence
Third country equivalence Politically Exposed Persons
Cross-border wire transfers Beneficial ownership

The 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4MLD) came into force as an upgrade/replacement of the 3MLD (3rd Anti-Money Laundering Directive) on June 26th, 2017 with a clear goal of expanding the risk based approach established with 3MLD.  Further 4MLD expanded the requirements and general principles in the European Union which government the necessary checks required to meet money laundering and compliance guidelines.   

The overall focus for 4MLD is listed in the table below: 

(17)  Accurate identification and verification of data of natural and legal persons is essential for fighting money laundering or terrorist financing. Latest technical developments in the digitalisation of transactions and payments enable a secure remote or electronic identification.

It is this section that lays the ground work for eIDV’s requirement to meet CCD and 4MLD requirements.  Stay tuned to our next blog post where we break down the 2+2 rule set which meet the regulatory requirements for customer due diligence and discuss how your compliance team has unreasonable expectations for electronic Identity Verification.