Just to be on the safe side

US.gov disappears European-owned Cuba websites | The Register:

As increased pressure, mostly via the Patriot Act, has been put on private industry to enforce government laws and regulations (they can be severely penalized if they do not), banks and other institutions that fall under the jurisdiction of OFAC are increasingly turning to private companies for “compliance solutions” to help them navigate OFAC regulation and supervise their transactions. A little-known by product of this trend has been the development of private databases that go above and beyond the SDN list supplied by the government, which are sold to financial institutions to insure that absolutely no shady transactions will ever put the bank at risk. It is, for all intents and purposes, the outsourcing of the blacklist, to companies accountable to no one. Accuity Solutions, the world leader in this regard, has parlayed its stranglehold as the official registrar of American bank routing numbers into a nice business selling privately developed lists of “Politically Exposed Persons” (PEPs) and SDNs to financial institutions concerned with potential exposure to illegal transactions. As any American who has ever had to deal with a faulty credit report knows, trying to get a private company to correct misinformation can be like dealing with a communist bureaucracy.

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