William Hill and Accuity Raise the Stakes to Transform Customer Screening


AI-driven financial crime screening technology from Accuity will help William Hill screen millions of customers each month, while dramatically reducing false positives.

William Hill, one of the world’s leading betting and gaming brands, has selected Accuity, the leading global provider of financial crime screening, payment services, and Know Your Customer (KYC) solutions, to establish new efficiency standards for customer screening in the gaming industry. Accuity is helping William Hill transform its customer screening approach with AI techniques to analyse high volumes of customers with speed and accuracy, in support of its UK and international business.

By choosing Firco Insight, the Accuity platform that combines account screening intelligence with high-performance processing and scoring capabilities, William Hill will be able to screen customers rapidly against sanctions and politically exposed persons (PEPs) watchlists, prioritise risk, increase screening accuracy, and streamline the process. Firco Insight flags high risk customers who may otherwise be missed and reduces false positives on lower-risk customers by combining name matching, risk scoring and big data.

Firco Insight will enable William Hill to safely reduce false positive screening matches from a typical industry rate of 10-15% to less than 1% (without creating false negatives), by prioritising alerts according to the severity of the risk they pose. This will enable the firm to avoid missing any truly high-risk accounts and ensure it can meet its financial crime obligations with confidence.

Firco Insight has been used primarily by financial institutions that have high volumes of customer accounts and considerable regulatory responsibilities. William Hill is the first gambling firm to adopt this solution as it seeks to uphold the same standard of financial crime screening as global banks.

Steven Armstrong, Group Director of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) at William Hill, said, “William Hill is always proactively looking for new ways to increase efficiency and enhance the experience of our customers. Following a successful proof of concept, we could see that working with Accuity and investing in this technology would help us achieve greater financial crime screening accuracy, without adding to our manual workload.”

Armstrong continued, “AI technology will never replace AML decision making, but it can certainly improve it. By minimising false positives, we will be able to reallocate resources, rather than managing an excess of false-positive flags.”

By focusing on the most relevant alerts, William Hill will increase the speed of entity resolution – the process of evaluating the validity of screening matches and deciding whether it is safe or ethical to conduct business with those customers. The solution also provides a high degree of traceability and explainability, so the firm will be able to provide auditors and regulators with detailed information on how decisions were made.

David Wilson, CEO at Accuity said, “We are very proud of this project that marks a significant milestone for William Hill, Accuity, and the gaming industry. By utilising entity resolution filtering and AI techniques to form an explainable, safe and high-performance screening program, William Hill will achieve the same exceptionally high standards as the world’s largest banks. We look forward to working closely with the team at William Hill to deliver a new benchmark in customer screening for the gaming industry.”

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For more information, please contact:

Imogen Nash, Accuity
imogen.nash@accuity.com
Tel: +44 (0) 7789 924 920

Jon Schubin, Cognito
accuity@cognitomedia.com
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7426 9400

Notes to Editors:

About Accuity

Accuity powers compliant and assured client transactions to help build an interconnected and trusted financial ecosystem. Our financial crime screening, payment services, and benefits compliance solutions help enable financial inclusion while identifying criminal activity and fraudulent players. With deep expertise and industry-leading data and analytics solutions from the Firco and Bankers Almanac brands, Accuity provides unmatched confidence, efficiency and compliance for customers around the world. Part of RELX, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries, Accuity has been delivering solutions to banks and businesses worldwide for 180 years.

About William Hill

William Hill PLC is one of the world’s most trusted betting and gaming brands. The firm, founded in 1934, now employs over 12,500 people across eight different countries.

William Hill has licensed operations in the USA, The Bahamas, Italy, Spain, and Sweden and serves online customers in the UK, Ireland, and throughout the world from its digital hubs in Gibraltar and Malta.

Media Contacts

Imogen Nash, Accuity
imogen.nash@accuity.com
Tel: +44 (0) 7789 924 920

Jon Schubin, Cognito
accuity@cognitomedia.com
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7426 9400