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ACA Spotlight Blog

Compliance, risk, and technology insights and alerts for financial services
 

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ACA's experienced compliance, risk, and technology professionals regularly provide insights on industry news, trends, and best practices. Our blog now consolidates all ACA compliance alerts, thought leadership articles, white papers, cybersecurity alerts, and results from ACA surveys to help you find the information you need more quickly and easily. 

For ACA compliance alerts prior to March 2019, see our News Archive.

CCPA amendments
Compliance Alert
August 5, 2019

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2020. There are seven amendments that will be contemplated by the CA legislature between now and September 13, 2019.

Six Ways Financial Organizations Stumble Over KYD for Financial Crime Technology
Thought Leadership
August 5, 2019

Effective AML compliance requires a data governance program to address the acquisition and management of the data – also known as “know your data” or KYD. This is a hot topic for financial institutions monitoring client transactions for money laundering, terrorist financing, or other forms of financial crime.

Joint Statement About Broker-Dealer Custody of Digital Asset Securities
Compliance Alert - FINRA
August 1, 2019

A company that effects transactions in digital asset securities for its own account or the accounts of others must register as a broker-dealer under Section 15 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. In addition, these companies must meet the requirements of Rule 15c3-3 (the “Customer Protection Rule”) if they intend to custody digital asset securities.

Firms’ non-financial misconduct under FCA spotlight thanks to SM&CR
Thought Leadership
August 1, 2019

Sexual harassment and other forms of “non-financial misconduct” are now on equal footing with types of financial misconduct with the FCA. Firms and employees are at risk of regulatory sanctions for failure to fulfill the FCA’s evolving diversity and inclusion expectations.

Preventing Stormy Security Weather in Your Microsoft Office 365 Cloud Environment
Thought Leadership
July 30, 2019

Companies are relying increasingly on cloud service providers for conducting business, including storing data, hosting email, and more. But with the increasing regulatory focus on the risk of cloud data storage, is the forecast for cloud solutions stormy?

Capital One Breach Affects 100 Million Customers
Cyber Alert
July 30, 2019

On July 29, Capital One Financial Corporation announced that it had suffered a breach on July 19. On that date, an outside individual illegally accessed the personally identifiable information of over 100 million of its customers.

SHIELD Act
Compliance Alert
July 30, 2019

The SHIELD Act significantly expands New York State's breach notification law. 

OCIE Issues Risk Alert Highlighting Deficiencies in Compliance, Supervision, and Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Compliance Alert - SEC
July 26, 2019

The SEC's OCIE issued a Risk Alert detailing compliance issues noted during examinations of advisers who hire or employ individuals with a history of disciplinary events.

Form ADV Part 3 is Here – What You Need Know
Compliance Alert - SEC
July 25, 2019

On June 5, 2019, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued the Standard of Conduct for Investment Advisers interpretation to reaffirm and clarify the SEC’s views of the fiduciary duty that investment advisers owe to their clients under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. 

MiFID II transaction reporting
Compliance Alert
July 23, 2019

Whilst the FCA’s priorities appear, for the time being, to be on understanding the nature and scale of reporting data errors and how they are addressed, failings under MiFID I moved it to take several high-profile enforcement actions. It is imperative that firms get to grips with their MiFID II transaction reporting processes and data quality checks as soon as possible.

Exposure Draft About Revising Their Three Lines of Defense Model
Thought Leadership
July 22, 2019

On June 17, 2019, The Institute of Internal Auditors (the IIA) released an Exposure Draft (the Draft) on a study being conducted to review and modernize the Three Lines of Defense Model (3LoD). The Draft has been released for public comments from June 20, 2019 and September 19, 2019 and reflects the thoughts and analysis of a working group, chaired by Jenitha John, Vice Chairman of The IIA Global Board of Directors; and Chief Audit Executive, FirstRand Ltd.

FinCEN BEC alert
Compliance Alert - FinCEN
July 18, 2019

On July 16, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued an update to the September 6, 2018 advisory, "Advisory to Financial Institutions on E-mail Compromise Fraud Schemes." The updated advisory indicates a sharp rise in business email compromise (BEC) fraud across financial services and other industries.