7/6/2004 USA PATRIOT Act Monitor News Release: FinCEN Reinstates
Information Sharing with Mexico
On July 6, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network announced that it had reinstated information sharing with Mexico's financial intelligence unit, the Unidad de Inteligencia Financiera (UIF), following a suspension of sharing that was imposed on April 21, 2004. The suspension resulted from disclosure by Mexican governmental officials of financial information that had been provided to the UIF by FinCEN. FinCEN described the earlier disclosure as "in breach of well-established and clearly defined protocols recognized by all members of the Egmont Group," to which both the U.S. and Mexico belong. Although the news release posted on FinCEN's website (www.fincen.gov/infosharingwithmexico070604.pdf) hardly gives Mexico a clean bill of health, William J. Fox, Director of FinCEN, is quoted as saying that Mexico had made "substantial progress in implementing the measures necessary to resume information sharing." Among other changes in procedures the Mexican government has made is a memorandum of understanding between the UIF and the country's attorney general, which sets forth procedures for disseminating information received from foreign financial intelligence units, such as FinCEN. The UIF has also committed to placing a warning statement on all information shared with other Mexican government agencies.
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