FinCEN Files: Investigation into Dirty Money Transfers from Major Global Banks

At least $ 2 trillion in suspicious transactions were carried out between 2000 and 2017 by several major global banks. This is what an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, made up of 400 journalists from the media in 88 countries, including the investigation units of Radio France and the newspaper Le Monde, reveals.
For their investigation, ICIJ journalists were able to obtain "suspicious activity reports". These are top-secret documents that US bank internal compliance officials send to US financial intelligence agencies when they detect questionable money transfers.

According to these documents, 2,000 billion dollars in suspicious transactions may have been carried out. It is dirty money linked to drugs, corruption, organized crime and terrorism.

Large banks are singled out like JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Bank of New York Mellon or HSBC. They ensure, however, that they make significant efforts to combat financial crime an…

Here's how the France government’s digital tracking app StopCovid will work

The Ministers of Health and Digital are currently studying the development of an application to "limit the spread of the virus by identifying chains of transmission". As Covid-19 continues to spread in France, the government is doing everything it can to try to contain it. A digital smartphone application is currently under development for this purpose. the Minister of Health Olivier Véran and the Secretary of State for Digital Cédric O gave some details on this subject. Objective of this device: "Limit the spread of the virus by identifying chains of transmission".
 
France government’s digital tracking app StopCovid will work

If for the time being Olivier Véran affirms that "no decision has been taken", the Prime Minister has shown himself to be rather favorable to a digital tracing on the basis of volunteering. "The principle would be simple: the application is installed voluntarily; when two people meet for a certain period, and at a close distance, the mobile phone of one records the references of the other in its history. positive declares itself, those who have been in contact with this person are automatically notified, "explains Cédric O.

To protect the identity of people and their data, the government ensures that geolocation will not be used by the application. "Only Bluetooth is envisaged. The application will not geolocate people. It will retrace the history of social relations that took place in the previous days, without allowing any outside consultation or transmitting any data", insists the Secretary of State Digital in the columns of the World. And to specify: "It is not an application which tracks your movements, it is an application which makes it possible to indicate to the people whom you have crossed for a long time that they have, possibly, met a positive case with SARS -CoV-2 ".




A prototype of the application is currently in development, but nothing yet says if it will be able to be effective, "because Bluetooth was not planned to measure distances". This device, if it sees the light of day, will be downloadable on a voluntary basis and can be uninstalled at any time. In addition, Cédric O indicates that the final version of this project will be submitted to the CNIL (National Commission for Data Protection). The application "is compatible with European personal data law, with anonymized data. It is a preliminary reflection to know if digital tools, under conditions conforming to the French tradition of security and guarantee of individual and collective freedoms , can be a support for doctors in an epidemiological approach. Not to ask the question today is to take the risk of not being ready tomorrow, if by chance we realized that it was necessary " , adds the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, who was initially skeptical about the use of digital tracking.