TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 6, 2016) - (NYSE:EFX) -
Equifax Canada, a leading provider of anti-money laundering (AML) compliance solutions, today announced its new capabilities designed to assist Canadian financial institutions with the recently amended Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA) regulations.
Among other changes, the regulations set out new methods aimed at providing regulated entities with greater flexibility in how they carry out identity verification. The accompanying guidelines issued by the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) expressly state that a Canadian credit file from, or identification product issued by, your Canadian credit bureau are methods that can be used.
"We have worked closely with FINTRAC and Department of Finance regulators during the re-issue of the guidelines that will be in force effective June 30, 2017," said Tara Zecevic, Vice President, Customer Insight at Equifax Canada. "By leveraging that knowledge, our expertise and insights, Canadian businesses can be confident that our solutions deliver actionable results that help them identify risk to strengthen AML compliance, and to ensure their methods of client authentication meet guideline requirements."
The consequences for non-compliance include criminal and monetary penalties and reputational risk. FINTRAC has imposed fines totaling more than $3.5 million on 79 persons or entities subject to the PCMLTFA since December 30, 2008.
"Employing Equifax as their trusted AML partner allows our customers to focus on growing their business, not compliance," Zecevic adds.
Equifax powers the financial future of individuals and organizations around the world. Using the combined strength of unique trusted data, technology and innovative analytics, Equifax has grown from a consumer credit company into a leading provider of insights and knowledge that helps its customers make informed decisions. The company organizes, assimilates and analyzes data on more than 820 million consumers and more than 91 million businesses worldwide, and its databases include employee data contributed from more than 5,000 employers.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Equifax operates or has investments in 24 countries in North America, Central and South America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. It is a member of Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500® Index, and its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol EFX. Equifax employs approximately 9,200 employees worldwide.
Some noteworthy achievements for the company include: Ranked 13 on the American Banker FinTech Forward list (2015); named a Top Technology Provider on the FinTech 100 list (2004-2015); named an InformationWeek Elite 100 Winner (2014-2015); named a Top Workplace by Atlanta Journal Constitution (2013-2015); named one of Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies (2011-2015); named one of Forbes' World's 100 Most Innovative Companies (2015). For more information, visit www.equifax.com