Our friends at AltFi are running a piece on an often under-reported area. Security of identity is an absolutely vital issue if crowdfunding and alternative finance (particularly in the digital space) are to thrive.
The article runs: "It's only right to start with the good news; a 2015 FCA review of AML and KYC protocols within crowd funding companies was positive about how companies were implementing these regulations.
"However, as the industry continues its rapid growth, can these companies maintain the rigorous standards they have in place?
"The first problem alternative finance providers face is, unlike traditional banks, most alternative finance providers do not have a bricks and mortar presence.
"In traditional lending, no matter how much has been done online, at some point the individual or business needs to make face-to-face contact with the bank in question. There will be forms to be signed and documentation such as proof of income and, critically, proof of identity to be shown.
"This proof of identity is a legal requirement for lenders. AML and KYC legislation has to be complied with and, in order to do so, they need to know that the person they are dealing with is who they say they are."
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