Meo enables our members to automate their KYC procedures to quickly and securely collect, verify and manage customer data in a compliant manner while creating value for their clients.
NewBanking is now Meo
Today marks a pivotal moment in our journey. NewBanking, a name you've known and trusted, is evolving. We're thrilled to announce our rebranding to Meo – a name that resonates with our core mission and vision. Meo, meaning ‘My’ or ‘Mine’ in Latin, is more than just a name. It's a declaration of our unwavering commitment to individual data ownership and privacy.
In an era where digital footprints are expanding rapidly, the importance of data privacy can't be overstated. Meo is our answer to the growing need for control over digital identities and personal data. This new name embodies our belief that everyone should have the power to manage their digital presence securely and effortlessly. "Meo is uniquely built with Privacy by Design at its core, placing individuals firmly in control of their data, simplifying GDPR and CCPA compliance and acting as a responsible custodian of identities," states Christian Visti, our CEO. Meo is not just a service; it's a promise to uphold the highest standards of data privacy and give back control where it belongs – in the hands of individuals, accessible by you with their consent.
Simplicity in complexity
The digital world, with all its opportunities, brings a complexity that can be daunting. Our role at Meo is to cut through this complexity, offering a platform that simplifies and streamlines everything related to compliance and data management. Whether it's onboarding and managing digital identities or ensuring regulatory compliance, we're here to make these tasks as seamless as possible. Our goal is to take the burden off your shoulders, letting you focus on what you do best, while we handle the intricacies of data privacy and compliance.
Meo: Empowering compliance professionals
To our dedicated compliance professionals, we understand the challenges you face daily. With Meo, we're not just offering a tool; we're providing a partnership. Our platform is designed to enhance your capabilities, making you more efficient and effective in your role. "Our renewed product vision focus on supporting the complex nature of business verification, case management, custom risk modelling and automated scoring, rule-based AML checks, and superior UBO clarification - all while elevating the user experience to unprecedented heights," says Steffen Bilde, our Chief Product and Technology Officer. The transition to Meo means access to more advanced features, more robust support, and a community committed to excellence in AML compliance. In short, Meo is your superpower in the complex world of data privacy and regulatory compliance.
What stays the same?
While our name changes, our foundational principles remain steadfast. We continue to offer top-notch tools to onboard and manage digital identities (businesses and individuals), reduce risk, and ensure regulatory compliance. What changes is our enhanced focus on trust, transparency, and security – without any compromises.
As we step into this new chapter as Meo, we're excited about the possibilities ahead. For our existing customers, this transition is a step up in the services and value you will receive. For those considering joining us, welcome to a new era of onboarding and managing digital identities and personal data with unmatched ease and security.
Keep an eye out for more exciting updates as we continue to evolve and enhance our offerings. Together, let's embrace the future with Meo – where your digital identity and data privacy are in safe hands.
An easy integrative platform
“Meo integrated perfectly with our existing systems”
KommuneKredit’s goal is to offer leasing and loans to Danish municipalities, regions and joint municipal companies. Previously, only the leasing part required identification from the owners, but it has also become a requirement for the loans. Therefore, KommuneKredit had to find a system to handle the safe-keeping of personal information.
“It is a significant task to store and manage personal data in the correct manner. Our goal was to outsource the safe-keeping of data because we believe in “best-of-breed”, meaning that we all do what we are best at. Therefore, we have not for one second considered developing a solution on our own”, says Christian Jeppesen, customer director and AML manager, who was responsible for finding the best, suitable platform for KommuneKredit.
When you deal with companies, it is simple to identify who the CEO is and who owns the company. But it is different in a municipality - because who is the ultimate beneficial owner, whose identity needs to be verified?
Today, the definition states that the mayor and the municipality director must be considered the municipality’s ultimate beneficial owners. Therefore KommuneKredit keeps the sensitive data of all Danish mayors and municipality directors under lock and key on the Newbanking Identity platform. Only a few designated employees of KommuneKredit have access to this information.
Difficult to develop on our own
“If we had to develop a platform, we would need a lot of governance to determine who should gain access and under which conditions. Aside from the fact that the actual development of the platform would be very complex, it would also involve far too much administrative work with too many unknown factors”, says Christian Jeppesen and continues:
“Today, everything is automated in Meo, where we carry out spot checks on all identity documentation in the system. The platform is easy to work with, and every time we are in dialogue with the Meo founders, they have proved to have an extensive knowledge regarding KYC and GDPR procedures, which gives us a high sense of security.”
Integration with our customer management system
For KommuneKredit, however, a few other factors came into play in choosing a platform to manage their KYC and GDPR compliance. They needed to integrate the KYC system directly with their current customer management system. By integrating Meo with KommuneKredit’s customer management system, it becomes easy for the employees to email their customers, for example, when they must update their identification documents.
Moreover, KommuneKredit was facing a replacement of their current CSR system with a new one, and thus, it was essential to find an easy integrative platform.
“The entire process of implementing Meo in the daily routines has been very agile, and Meo has been very responsive to help to integrate with our customer management system. They are super skilled at integrating the platform with the other systems we use, which is pivotal. The platform works impeccably and has high operational stability. By all means, we have acquired a great solution that meets the full range of our needs”, says Christian Jeppesen.
What is a PEP (Politically Exposed Person)?
Learn what a Politically Exposed Person list is.
PEPs, or Politically Exposed Persons, are individuals who are involved in politics or hold high office in governments, just to mention a few examples.
If your business is subject to Anti-Money Laundering (AML) laws and regulations, it’s important that you can determine whether you’re involved with PEPs as they are often come with a higher risk of money laundering and financing of terrorism.
On this page we try to answer ‘what is a PEP’, and all other questions regarding the Politically Exposed Person list:
- What is a PEP (Politically Exposed Person meaning)?
- How does a PEP list work?
- What do you need to do as a business if you have a client who is a PEP?
- How the Meo platform can help you check your clients identity and do PEP screenings.
- Fight financial crime with thorough PEP screenings
- Recent changes in PEP legislation
- Identification of PEPs
What is a PEP?
What is the meaning of PEP? A PEP (Politically Exposed Person) is an individual who has a high-ranking job in a government or some other type of political position. In other words, it’s a person who possesses a certain form of political and institutional power.
Because of that power they’re considered high risk in relation to money laundering, blackmail, bribery and other types of corruption – both voluntary and involuntary. Spouses, family and close business partners are also considered PEP, as their relationship can be exploited by criminals to pressure the person in the position of power.
Examples of PEP typically include:
- Leaders of government or state
- Judges and members of the court
- High-ranking members of the Central Bank
- High-ranking officers in the Defense Forces
- Spouses and children of the people above
- Close business partners and connections of the people above
The Anti-Money Laundering Directive requires all businesses subjected to the directive to be extra careful when they have clients or customers who are PEPs – and therefore constitutes an elevated risk.
Because of this, it can be difficult for businesses to evaluate, by themselves, whether a current or potential client is a PEP. For that reason EU governments have established lists of present and former PEPs, the so-called PEP lists.
What is a PEP list?
A PEP list is an overview of people who are presently or have formerly been classified by the EU as a Politically Exposed Person. But, what does a Politically Exposed Person mean?
The purpose of the Politically Exposed Person list is to make it easier for businesses to assess whether their clients are subject to aggravated circumstances. Every European government has its own PEP list that they maintain.
It’s important to note that the lists are not seen as sufficient evidence of PEP status. It’s possible that a person is considered a PEP despite not appearing on the list, or if they have not yet been added.
The fact that the Politically Exposed Person lists are incomplete – as well as the fact that spouses, close business partners, amongst other examples, are also considered PEPs – makes it difficult for businesses to live up to the PEP requirement without accessing external data sources that have specialized in maintaining updated lists with all people defined as PEPs.
In these cases, a platform like Meo can help. With our AML solution you can quickly and easily perform PEP checks of clients and customers by screening a number of PEP lists all over Europe.
What do you need to do as a business if your client is a PEP?
If you get involved with a PEP client, you need to conduct an enhanced KYC check (meaning Know Your Customer) and implement greater supervision and more audits of their business venture.
How you conduct an enhanced KYC check, you can read more about in our article about KYC (Know Your Customer).
The audit itself can, among other things, consist of your company investigating their financial transactions more carefully as well as evaluating your client relationship in relation to their current risk assessment.
Meo makes it easy to perform a security check and cross-reference with PEP lists
With Meo’s platform you can easily verify your clients’ identity and cross-reference with a number of well-established Politically Exposed Person lists.
Furthermore, our platform ensures that your clients’ personal data is handled responsibly and in accordance with GDPR.
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Fight financial crime with thorough PEP screenings
If you want to fight financial crime, you need to be aware of PEP lists. It is necessary to be aware of PEPs as it is essential for employees and management to be able to identify these people and handle them correctly and safely in order to avoid financial crime.
On a global scale, bribery and corruption are major problems and there are many examples of attempts to do exactly this to PEPs, therefore common international standards have been established to combat them. The definition of PEPs as well as the requirements for handling PEP transactions are determined based on international standards and on experience gathered over a number of years from authorities around the world.
Recent changes in PEP legislations
An important element of the new anti-money laundering rules is that companies must adopt a risk-based approach and conduct risk assessments of each individual customer relationship. This also applies to the rules on PEPs.
In addition, the knowledge and monitoring must be based on a risk assessment, meaning that companies must strengthen their efforts and monitoring of PEPs that are known to have a greater risk of exposure to money laundering, including bribery, etc.
Additional customer due diligence procedures and additional monitoring must be carried out as deemed necessary by the individual firm to ensure full compliance with the legislations.
Identification of PEPs
Rules on identification of PEPs are put in place as a preventive procedure and should therefore not be interpreted as stigmatizing PEPs as people engaging in criminal activities. Thus, companies have no grounds for refusing to proceed with a customer relationship or closing existing customer relationships solely on the fact that a person is a PEP or a close associate or business partner of a PEP.
PEPs should always be aware that they and their close associates and business partners may at any time be asked to explain or document their finances or other transactions.
Related parties and close collaborators
Related parties and close partners are not considered PEPs solely on the basis of their relationship with a PEP. However, they need to be identified because they may benefit from or be taken advantage of in relation to money laundering, corruption or bribery.
The definition of a close relative of a PEP includes:
- Spouse, cohabitant or registered partner
- Children and their spouses, cohabitants and/or registered partners
This means that the term does not affect siblings or stepchildren and stepparents e.g.
The definition of close business partners of a PEP includes:
- A person who is the owner of a business or other legal entity together with one or more PEPs.
- A person who has a close business relationship with one or more PEPs. For example, a trading partner.
- A person who is the owner of a company or other legal entity established solely for the benefit of a PEP. This means that the person controls all the ownership interests or voting rights, etc. directly or indirectly.
This means that positions that would not be considered as PEPs are, for example, a person participating in board work together with a PEP.