On 3 February, legal Futures reported that new technologies such as biometrics, machine learning and artificial intelligence can now form part of the AML armoury, law firms have been told by the Legal Sector Affinity Group, which is made up of all the UK’s legal regulatory and representative bodies.  The revised 212-page draft guidance still needs to be formally approved by HM Treasury.  The draft guidance says that the use of biometric indicators such as facial recognition software as part of an overall identity verification process is now widely used across various industries, and may be considered proven technology, helpful in meeting a practice’s AML obligations, especially in non-face to face situations, remote client take-on situations; and that the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence may be helpful in some high-volume businesses.

The draft guidance can be found at –

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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