Category: anti-money laundering

Dutch Central Bank Prepares to Start Regulating Crypto Sector

Dutch Central Bank Prepares to Start Regulating Crypto SectorThe central bank of the Netherlands is preparing to supervise the country’s crypto sector. The bank has requested crypto exchanges and wallet providers to come forward and submit some information. Once the law takes effect, these operators will be required to register with the central bank to continue operations. Also read: Crypto Can Boost Indian […]

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Spain Thwarts Bitcoin ATM Scam, Prompting Regulatory Debate Worldwide

Spain Thwarts Bitcoin ATM Scam, Prompting Regulatory Debate WorldwideBitcoin ATMs are not currently governed by EU money laundering regulations, and arrests coordinated by Spanish police and Europol in May are bringing new focus to this loophole. A group of eight Spanish and Latin American individuals have been arrested, along with several of their associates, for using crypto ATMs to fund drug traffickers in […]

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Enforcement of Updated Crypto Guidelines From FATF Has Far-Reaching Implications

Enforcement of Updated Crypto Guidelines From FATF Has Far-Reaching ImplicationsThe FATF (Financial Action Task Force) has revealed updated guidelines that would require cryptocurrency and digital asset exchanges—and potentially independent business owners and crypto holders—to share sensitive customer information as VASPs (Virtual Asset Service Providers), compromising user privacy and restricting crypto market access. Also read: BCH Development Fund Doubles Its Goal After a Successful Month […]

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Falcon Private Bank Launches Crypto Wallet With Support for Direct BTC and BCH Transfers

Falcon Private Bank Lauches Crypto Wallet with Support for Direct Transfers of BTC and BCHSwitzerland’s Falcon Private Bank has introduced a cryptocurrency wallet as well as support for direct transfers of BTC, BCH, ETH and LTC for private and institutional investors. The bank said investors can now directly transfer cryptocurrencies to and from its own “segregated Falcon wallets.” They can also convert their digital coins into cash. Also read: Chile to […]

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Why Some Crypto Companies Consider KYC and AML Compliance Unnecessary

When it comes to cryptocurrency regulation, there is a lack of consensus on how to protect investors. Criminal activity such as fraud, hacks and theft is prevalent, not only in the crypto realm, but in the traditional financial world too.  Some exchanges have deemed know your customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) compliance as unnecessary, […]

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Buying and Selling Property With Bitcoin Is More Complex Than It May Seem

Buying and selling property using cryptocurrency is less straightforward than was first assumed. The handful of mortgage lenders and realtors who were initially keen are now reluctant to accept crypto deposits due to money laundering fears. Until there is greater clarity concerning crypto regulation, due diligence procedures and taxation, potential participants are opting to wait […]

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Nigeria’s Union Bank Threatens to Shut Down Cryptocurrency-Related Accounts

Nigeria's Union Bank Threatens to Shut Down Cryptocurrency-Related AccountsA large commercial bank in Nigeria has threatened to shut down an undisclosed number of cryptocurrency-related accounts without explanation. Lagos-based Union Bank claims that any decision to do so would be in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) past warnings about cryptocurrency trading. Also read: Malaysian MP “Concerned About Threat” From Cryptocurrencies to Government […]

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Namibian Bitcoin Trading Platform BTN Perseveres Despite Partial Crypto Ban

Namibian Bitcoin Trading Platform BTN Trudges on Despite Partial Crypto BanBitcoin Trade Namibia (BTN), an emerging bitcoin marketplace, is trying to make things work for Namibians keen on investing in digital assets, even though it could take up to three days before buy orders are settled. However, in an industry where government forces crave control, the delay looks like it should be worth the wait. […]

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Brazil’s Tax Authority Goes After Cryptocurrency Profits

Brazil's Tax Authority Goes After Cryptocurrency ProfitsBrazil’s tax authority has published proposals to regulate the cryptocurrency landscape over concerns digital assets are being used to launder money and evade tax. A document released by the Department of Federal Revenue of Brasil (RFB) disclosed plans that will force cryptocurrency traders to reveal their identities and for exchanges to submit financial reports to […]

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UK Government Moots Ban on Cryptocurrency Derivatives

Report: U.K. Government Moots Ban on Cryptocurrency DerivativesThe U.K. government is considering a ban on cryptocurrency-linked derivative products. The Financial Conduct Authority said in a report on Oct. 29 that it will begin consultations on whether to ban the sale of derivatives based on digital coins like BTC as well as to restrict crypto-based contracts of difference to the public. Virtual currency […]

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Norway Establishes New Rules for Crypto Service Providers

Norway Establishes New Rules for Crypto Service ProvidersThe Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway is enforcing new money laundering regulations that apply to crypto exchange and storage providers in the country. The law will go into effect on Oct. 15 and will affect companies established in Norway including branches of overseas companies. Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges Seek to Enter Japanese Market, Regulator Reveals […]

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Thai Government Approves Crypto Exchange, Wants Own Wallet

Thai Government Approves Crypto Exchange, Wants Own WalletThe Thai Securities and Exchange Commission has approved another crypto exchange to legally operate in the country. There are now six exchanges that have been granted approval. Meanwhile, the government is considering maintaining its own wallet in order to confiscate cryptocurrencies from illegal sources. Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges Seek to Enter Japanese Market, Regulator Reveals […]

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Shapeshift Moves to Membership Model Requiring User Information

Shapeshift Moves to Membership Model Requiring User InformationNon-custodial crypto trading platform Shapeshift has introduced a membership program which will soon be mandatory. CEO Erik Voorhees explains that his exchange will have to begin collecting basic personal information of its users, and there will be five membership levels. Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges Seek to Enter Japanese Market, Regulator Reveals Shapeshift Membership Mandatory Soon […]

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Reserve Bank of India Anticipates Shift to P2P Crypto Trading

Reserve Bank of India Anticipates Shift to P2P Crypto TradingIndia’s central bank has released its latest annual report which includes a section dedicated to cryptocurrency. The Reserve Bank of India outlines the risks posed by crypto and emphasizes the need to monitor crypto development in anticipation that some trading may shift from exchanges to peer-to-peer (P2P) mode. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto […]

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Prolific Bitcoin Dealer ‘Blew a Giant Hole’ Through US Legal Framework

Prolific Bitcoin Dealer 'Blew a Giant Hole' Through US Legal FrameworkA Mexico-based “prolific bitcoin dealer” has been indicted and held without bond in the US on a number of international money laundering charges. He used Bitfinex for his exchange needs after Coinbase closed his account. His “activities ‘blew a giant hole’ through the legal framework of U.S. anti-money laundering laws,” the Department of Justice wrote. […]

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Amateur Crypto Investors Caused the Burst, Japanese Expert Says

Amateur Crypto Investors Caused the Burst, Japanese Expert SaysStrengthening regulations will increase crypto investors’ protection, and the amateur speculation bubble will end, says Masayuki Tashiro, representative director of Fiscalo Digital Asset Group and market analyst, who handles a crypto business in Japan. The real value of cryptocurrency will be questioned after we leave the bubble, the expert says. Also read: Japanese Association Seeks Authority […]

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Crypto Exchanges, Payment and Wallet Firms Join EU Police to Fight Privacy

Crypto Exchanges, Payment and Wallet Firms Join EU Police to Fight PrivacyAbout sixteen major cryptocurrency exchanges, payment processors and digital wallet providers have joined the EU’s law enforcement agency for an event about preventing money laundering. The three-day conference on digital currencies and cyber crime began on Tuesday in the Hague. Also Read: The Daily: Akon Launches Akoin, ICO Mogul Buys $19M Land with Bitcoin “Tracing and […]

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As Korean Crypto Exchanges Step Up AML Compliance, Banks Are Failing

As Korean Crypto Exchanges Step Up AML Compliance, Banks Are FailingAs the South Korean government steps up its anti-money laundering (AML) oversight, major crypto exchanges in the country are voluntarily complying while banks are reportedly failing to meet the guidelines for compliance. South Korea has also been discussing ways to boost crypto-related AML measures with the U.S. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto […]

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South Korean Exchange Bithumb Blocks Trading in 11 Countries

South Korean Exchange Bithumb Blocks Trading in 11 CountriesSouth Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has announced that it will block trading in 11 countries as part of its revised internal regulations aimed to prevent money laundering using its system. Foreign users will also need to undergo a stricter verification process. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space Preventing Money Laundering Bithumb announced […]

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