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BOI reporting: Who can see my info?

FinCEN recently made important guidelines called the “Access Rule” to handle BOI reports. This rule ensures only specific entities can access Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI), keeping it safe.


Key Takeaways:

  • Authorized Access to BOI: Discover which entities gain permission to access Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI).
  • Security and Confidentiality Guidelines: How authorized entities protect the security of BOI.
  • Controlled Re-Disclosure of BOI: Explanation of which authorized users can share Beneficial Ownership Information.
  • Violations and Penalties: Penalties for unauthorized disclosure or use of BOI.
  • FincenFetch’s Role: Introduction to FinCENFetch’s role in securely reporting ownership details.


Access to Beneficial Ownership Information:

The Access Rule allows some organizations, like government agencies and some financial institutions, access to Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI). 

The Access Rule is important because it helps in legal compliance. This rule ensures national security, and plays a big role in preventing illegal activities. Groups with permission, like government agencies and banks, must follow specific rules to keep the information safe and private.

Access Rule Framework:

The Access Framework is like a guidebook for those allowed to use Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI). This helps them follow a clear, organized way of getting and using this vital information. 

The framework also states what each authorized person or group is responsible for. This makes sure they use the information responsibly. 

Authorized entities must understand these rules as they work with Beneficial Ownership Information.

Authorized Recipients of BOI:

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Groups like government agencies and law enforcement might use Beneficial Ownership Information for investigations. Government agencies could use it for national security and intelligence. 

Even though they have permission, there’s an extra step for financial institutions. They need to get approval from the reporting companies before checking it. 

These rules are a safety measure, ensuring that only the right people responsibly use the information.

Security and Confidentiality Requirements:

Authorized users are vital in keeping Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) safe. They follow specific rules to ensure this important information is safe and secure. 

Financial institutions have a big responsibility. They need to implement strong protections used to protect people’s personal information. These protections include security practices and protocols to stop any unauthorized access or disclosure of Beneficial Ownership Information. 

Following these rules maintains a secure environment for handling sensitive information.

Some of the rules that authorized users, especially financial institutions, must follow to safeguard Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI):

  • Confidentiality: Authorized users must treat BOI as confidential information and ensure it is not disclosed to unauthorized entities.
  • Security Protocols: Implement strong security measures to prevent unauthorized access to Beneficial Ownership Information. This includes secure systems, access controls, and encryption.
  • Authorization: Obtain explicit authorization before accessing BOI, especially for financial institutions seeking information from reporting companies.
  • Responsibility: Exercise responsibility in using Beneficial Ownership Information, ensuring it is used only for legitimate purposes in line with legal requirements.
  • Preventing Unauthorized Access: Take measures to prevent any unauthorized access or disclosure of BOI, maintaining its privacy and integrity.

Who Can Re-Disclose BOI:

The Access Rule carefully regulates the re-disclosure of BOI. Authorized users can share Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) again, but there are rules.

Authorized users can re-disclose Beneficial Ownership Information in specific situations. These include sharing it within their entity among officers, employees, agents, and contractors. 

Financial institutions and their regulators can also share Beneficial Ownership Information but only with each other, including qualifying self-regulatory organizations.

Additionally, intermediary Federal agencies can share BOI with foreign requesters. Specified authorized Federal agencies can share it with courts or parties involved in civil or criminal proceedings. Foreign authorities consistent with international treaties, agreements, or conventions may receive Beneficial Ownership Information under specific criteria.

Authorized agencies can also disclose Beneficial Ownership Information to prosecutors or for use in litigation related to the activity for which the information was initially requested. This controlled approach ensures that re-disclosure is limited to authorized purposes and recipients.

Violations and Penalties:

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The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) has strict consequences for sharing or misusing Beneficial Ownership Information. This includes fines and even going to jail. 

FinCEN can also stop or ban users from accessing the Beneficial Ownership Information IT system for not following the rules.

Why Choose FincenFetch for Reporting BOI:

FincenFetch is the top choice for a secure and easy way to report ownership details. Your information stays safe and protected with FincenFetch and the platform makes reporting straightforward and simple. It’s a trusted partner for businesses, providing a secure environment. 

  • Security First: FincenFetch keeps your ownership details safe and sound.
  • Easy Reporting: It makes the reporting process simple and hassle-free.
  • Trusted Partner: Businesses trust FincenFetch for secure reporting.
  • Regulation Adherence: It helps you follow the rules and regulations easily.

Implementation of Beneficial Ownership Information Access:

FinCEN plans to give access to the IT system in steps, starting with a small group in 2024. Later, more groups, including financial institutions, will get access. This helps make sure everything goes smoothly.

Next Steps:

The Access Rule is part of a bigger plan to fully follow the Corporate Transparency Act. FinCEN is committed to being transparent and open. Understanding these rules is essential for everyone involved. To stay up to date with the Corporate Transparency Act, please visit corporatetransparencyact.org.

Charles Wismer
Charles Wismer

CEO at FincenFetch helping the U.S.professional services industry support FinCEN's new national security initiative to launch the Corporate Transparency Act. Prior fund manager and Fintech founder.

Charles Wismer
Charles Wismer

CEO at FincenFetch helping the U.S.professional services industry support FinCEN's new national security initiative to launch the Corporate Transparency Act. Prior fund manager and Fintech founder.

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