Know Your Customer, or KYC, compliance means collecting certain information from customers to confirm their identities and to comply with any regulatory requirements. These requirements can include aspects such as restricting access to citizens of a certain jurisdiction. Depending on the involved country, laws and regulations often obligate businesses to complete KYC processes.
KYC has become more common in the crypto space, in line with increasing regulatory overwatch. Binance KYC became a more significant talking point after the exchange announced in 2019 that it would ban customers of certain regions, such as the United States. KYC and AML, or Anti-Money Laundering — the process of verifying customers and the source of their funds — often go hand in hand.