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Regulating Bitcoin: WEF2020 Announced A Global Consortium For Cryptocurrency Governance

The World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, ended yesterday with a significant mark on the cryptocurrency market. On the last day, WEF announced the first global consortium focused on designing a framework for the governance of digital currencies, including stablecoins. Global Consortium For Digital Currency Governance The World Economic Forum for 2020 took place...
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New Hawaii Bill Proposes Banks To Act As Cryptocurrency Custodians

Banks in Hawaii, one of the fifty states in the US, would be able to provide cryptocurrency custodial services to investors under a new bill introduced by the state’s lawmakers late last week, should it pass approval.   If successful, the legislation would grant Hawaiian banks the right to hold and manage digital assets such as...
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Another One Bites The Dust: SEC Brings Charges Against Another ICO

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the US is tightening the noose around initial exchange offerings (ICOs). In yet another step against them, the Commission has brought charges against one more allegedly fraudulent ICO of unregistered digital asset securities. The SEC Is Getting Serious About ICOs The SEC has pressed charges against defendants Sergii...
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Bitcoin Is Not Banned, The Reserve Bank Of India Clarifies

As a response to a legal case filed by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has now clarified that Bitcoin is not banned in the country. The nation’s central bank says that it has only restricted regulated financial establishments from dealing with anyone using digital assets. RBI...
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Australian’s Bank Regulator APRA Considers Overseeing Facebook’s Calibra

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has reportedly submitted a framework to oversee digital wallets holding large amounts of value. If approved, it would also include Facebook’s controversial stablecoin, Libra, and its digital wallet – Calibra. APRA To Oversee Calibra? Upon its announcement, Facebook’s Libra quickly attracted the attention of watchdogs. The social media mogul...
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South Korea To Impose 20% Tax On Cryptocurrency Trading

South Korea might be changing its stance regarding taxing cryptocurrency trading profits. Just weeks after the government said that they wouldn’t tax any profits made from digital assets, a new report indicates otherwise. The country could purportedly classify crypto gains in the same category as lottery winnings and thus tax them with 20%. South Korea...
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Telegram’s Clash With SEC Continues: Internal Correspondance Suggests TON Is Security

The critical situation between Telegram and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) took another step forward. The market regulator now claims that the popular messaging company saw its upcoming Gram token as securities and thus should fall under established regulations. Is Gram Token A Security? Telegram’s controversy regarding its TON blockchain and its native...
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Following The QuadrigaCX Scandal: Canada To Clamp Down On Cryptocurrency Exchanges

The QuadrigaCX scandal was a landmark case that became a red flag for the entire cryptocurrency community. The aftermath of it, however, isn’t over. Securities regulators in Canada are now preparing to clamp down on cryptocurrency exchanges which take custody of digital assets. QuadrigaCX Aftermath: CSA Publishes A Notice The Canadian Securities Administration has issued...
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Bitwise Withdraws Its Bitcoin ETF Proposal Pursuant To Regulations

It appears that the cryptocurrency community won’t be seeing an SEC Bitcoin ETF yet again, as Bitwise has withdrawn its application which was filed in January 2019. According to the official note, the move is largely due to the public interest and pursuant to existing regulations. Bitwise Withdraws Bitcoin ETF Application A lot of people...
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US SEC Warns Investors About Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs)

With initial coin offerings (ICOs) virtually gone and initial exchange offerings (IEOs) now dominating the crypto industry as the newest method of fundraising for blockchain projects, the United States Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned US investors to be cautious when investing in them. The regulator issued an official notice today, warning crypto investors...
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CFTC Chairman Encourages Further Cryptocurrency Derivatives Regulations

In a recent interview with Cheddar, Heath Tarbert, Chairman of the CFTC, sat down to talk about Phase 1 of the upcoming U.S.-China trade deal, slated to be signed on Wednesday of this week. According to Tarbert, the trade deal will “be an immense success,” and that once the agreement is signed, we’ll start to...
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KYC/AML And Other Regulations: Are They Good or Bad For Bitcoin?

The cryptocurrency market has been known, at large, for the fact that there’s a lack of regulation in certain aspects. Whether or not one considers this as a positive or negative feature, the fact of the matter is that slowly but surely, market regulators are inserting their views and rules. With so many different sorts...
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The State Of Illinois Legalizes Blockchain-Based Smart Contracts

The US State of Illinois made a massive step towards further blockchain adoption. According to the Blockchain Technology Act, which took effect on January 1st, blockchain-based smart contracts satisfy the law under certain circumstances. Smart Contracts Admissible In Court One of the biggest challenges in front of regulators when it comes to crafting legislation for...
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Telegram Won’t Have To Show The SEC Its Bank Accounts, Court Rules

Telegram appears to have caught a break with the recent case filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The company recently refused to share its financial records with the market regulator, and now the New York court has ruled against SEC’s demand. SEC Request Denied This year started on the wrong foot for...
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South Korean Commission: Korean Firms Should Be Allowed To Launch Bitcoin Derivatives

Financial institutions in South Korea may soon be able to launch Bitcoin derivatives and other crypto-based products as part of the country’s effort to make crypto a legal asset. The South Korean presidential office of the 4th industrial revolution Commission published a document advising the Korean government on some policies they could use as a...
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Qatar Blocks Cryptocurrency Services Throughout The Gulf

As the new year begins, Qatar’s Financial Center, the nation’s regulatory authority, has issued a blanket ban on cryptocurrency-related services in the Gulf nation. The prohibition covers not only cryptocurrencies but “anything of value” that could substitute fiat currencies. Qatar Bans Cryptocurrencies The Qatari Financial Center, which is also the nation’s regulatory authority, has issued...
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Germany’s Central Bank Chief Wants To Tune Down on Libra and Digital Euro

The slightly negative attention from institutions towards Facebook’s Libra continues with the German Central Bank’s President Jens Weidmann, saying that they have to slow it down with further regulations. He also notes that banks must improve their payment systems and the E.U. should be more considerate regarding launching e-euro. Weidmann On Digital Euro Ever since...
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Telegram Refuses To Share Financial Records With SEC

The case between the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the encrypted messaging platform Telegram takes another turn. The latter has reportedly refused to hand over financial details regarding its ICO from two years ago, which was recently requested by the market regulator. Telegram Does Not Want To Share After raising over a billion...
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South Korea Won’t Tax Cryptocurrency Profits, For Now

Good news for cryptocurrency traders in South Korea as profit generated from crypto trading will not be subjected to tax, according to a recent announcement from the country’s Ministry of Finance and Strategy. The Ministry clarified that the current tax law does not consider crypto trading gains as taxable income; thus, Korean crypto traders are...
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South Korea Imposes $69M Tax Obligation on Crypto Exchange Bithumb

The National Tax Service of South Korea (NTS) has decided to withhold income tax from Bithumb’s foreign customers. The total tax to be imposed on their transactions amounts to more than 80 billion won (over $69 million), the leading Korean cryptocurrency exchange announced. Also read: Poles Hit With Backdated Tax on Crypto Trades Bithumb to...
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Harsh Laws Make Bitcoin Holders Consider Renunciation or Dual Citizenship

As digital currencies become a mainstay in society, a great number of governments have enforced strict tax guidelines, severe money transmission rules, and tough regulations. Because of a few nation-states’ harsh rules against cryptos, there are individuals who plan to renounce their citizenship in order to become stateless. Some people will also attempt to get...
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As FATF Regulations Galvanize, Crypto Mixing Applications Are Targeted

Since the inception of Bitcoin, governments have tried to keep track of all the transactions taking place on the public blockchain. As the years progressed, authorities have shown a distaste for cryptocurrency mixing applications like Coinjoin. On Dec. 19, a Binance customer couldn’t withdraw his bitcoin because the exchange told him he used the mixing...
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The YouTube Ban Escalates As More Popular Cryptocurrency Channels Get Penalized

A few days after the first complaints from crypto influencers regarding having their YouTube videos removed, it appears that things are starting to escalate. The number of affected content creators keeps rising since then, and the community wonders on what could be the needed solution in this case. Youtube Bans Crypto Channels The largest content-sharing...
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Uzbekistan Bans Citizens From Buying Crypto, They Can Only Sell

Authorities in Uzbekistan have effectively banned residents from purchasing cryptocurrencies on digital asset exchanges licensed in the country. Crypto holders will only be able to sell their coins and that’s if these have not been obtained through anonymous transactions, amendments to the local regulations postulate. Also read: Poles Hit With Backdated Tax on Crypto Trades...
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Poloniex Restores Unverified Accounts With Unlimited Trading

In times of mounting pressure on crypto companies to comply with expanding due diligence requirements, Poloniex has taken a step in the opposite direction. The exchange is lifting restrictions that applied to unverified users in response to customer demand. New and current accounts will enjoy access to unlimited trading and deposits. Also read: P2P Crypto...
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Turbulent Week For Bitcoin’s Price, Volatile Christmas Coming Up? The Weekly Market Update

December is almost over, and it’s safe to say that it has been action-packed. Over the past week, Bitcoin’s price went on a rollercoaster, dropping to a low of around $6,500 only to correct to approximately $7,200 where it currently trades, leaving many to question whether the bottom was already in. Looking at the bigger...
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Australia Probes Big Four Bank Accused of 23 Million Money Laundering Breaches

With stricter new regulations on the horizon for the crypto space around the world, Australians have found that it’s actually their traditional financial institutions that have been breaching well-established anti-money laundering rules and other industry standards this year. Westpac, one of the country’s largest banks, is now under investigation for millions of purported violations of...
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Strict Regulations For Cryptocurrency Businesses In EU To Take Effect In January 2020

Cryptocurrency companies and services based in the EU have less than a month to adjust their business operations to comply with a new set of rules. As of January 10th, The Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) will be in effect, requiring KYC, and monitoring all transactions. 5AMLD In Action From January Regulators across the world...
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Ciphertrace Says Banks Unknowingly Process $2 Billion in Crypto per Year

According to the blockchain analysis firm Ciphertrace, major U.S. banks process roughly $2 billion in digital currency transactions that go undetected every year. Ciphertrace disclosed a slew of financial institutions have not deployed the right KYC/AML infrastructure to detect unregistered cryptocurrency transfers. Also read: US to Strictly Enforce Crypto Rules Similar to FATF Guidelines All...
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European AML Directive Pushes Crypto Startup Bottle Pay Out of Business

Bottle Pay, a cryptocurrency payments provider from the U.K., has announced its decision to cease operations by the end of the year. Despite attracting some serious funding and expanding its user base significantly in the past few months, the company has found it unacceptable to continue to work under the upcoming EU regulations. AMLD5, the...
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