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In data we trust

When we screen data, we match data patterns we know to be non-matches. If they occur frequently enough, we can choose to ignore that pattern going forward. In general, there are two generic types of false positive reduction (FPR) strategies: whitelisting, and rules-based processing. Whitelisting generally means that a particular […]

If you want to visit Cuba…

OFAC publishes a list of authorized air, travel and payment (they’re fancy – they call them “remittance forwarding”) service providers that are permitted to provide these services to Cuba. So, not exactly a General License, but not a specific license, either. The list was updated today. Link: List of Authorized […]

Making Smaller Haystacks

There are always more matches than we want – and experience teaches us that the ratio is not close (1000 to 1, according to BNP Paribas’ NY branch, using an exact matching methodology). We’re searching through an awful lot of hay to find needles that may or may not be […]

How they do it Down Under

AUSTRAC, the Australian FIU (Financial Intelligence Unit, which is the governmental agency which investigates financial crimes) and AML/CTF regulator, has just sent out the January 2013 edition of its e-news Newsletter (which you can subscribe to here) with a whole raft of interesting information about Aussie banking regulation and enforcement. […]

Set phasers (not) to stun!

A lot of this seems daunting, doesn’t it? So many possible lists, system settings to consider… and so much work to process Day 1. Seems a little nuts to me… Well, even if you’re facing down the loaded end of a C&D (cease and desist), one doesn’t have to implement […]

Happy New Year!

May your 2013 be filled with greater subject matter expertise, more skilled, productive and knowledgable staff at all levels, and (especially) fewer regulatory inquiries. All the best from Mr. Watchlist – thanks for reading!

Another one bit the dust (updated)

On Friday, the UN changed the listing for Badruddin Haqqani to note that he presumably died in August of this year. DFAT today updated their Consolidated List to note the change. Update: OSFI made the same change on New Year’s Eve. Note: Haqqani is not being removed from the list, […]


OFAC yesterday published its final rule regarding the amendments to the ITSR (Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations) which were mandated by the passage of the TRA (Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012) and elements of Executive Orders 13622 and 13628. These changes are, in really concise […]