Category: anti-money laundering

US Regulators Target Bitcoin ATMs: 88% of the Funds Exit the Country via Machines

Bitcoin automated teller machines (BATMs) will become the next target for regulators, as world governments tighten screws on money laundering. According to Ciphertrace CTO John Jeffries, crypto-cash machines will attract “greater…regulatory focus” in a bid to rein-in alleged cross-border illicit financial transfers. Jeffries urged “the need for more uniform regulatory enforcement and compliance” as governments […]

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Bitcoin Is Financial Instrument, Clarifies Germany, Crypto Custodians Qualify as Financial Institutions

Bitcoin Is Financial Instrument, Clarifies Germany, Crypto Custodians Qualify as Financial InstitutionsThe Federal Financial Supervisory Authority of Germany, Bafin, has issued guidance to clarify the status of cryptocurrencies and the regulations that apply to related business activities. The recommendations are based on the country’s current legislation, taking into account the latest changes. Also read: Turkey to Inspect Cryptocurrency Exchanges as Part of Government Offensive Against Online […]

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US Develops Cryptocurrency Intelligence Program Targeting P2P Sites, Forums, Darknet Markets

US Develops Cryptocurrency Intelligence Program Targeting P2P Sites, Forums, Darknet MarketsThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revealed a cryptocurrency intelligence program aimed at identifying unlicensed crypto businesses using P2P sites, online forums, and darknet markets. These areas have consistently presented “a significant challenge to law enforcement” and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Also read: Regulatory Roundup — Trump’s Cryptocurrency Proposals, IRS Changes Rule, […]

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How the IRS Audits Cryptocurrency Tax Returns – Filing Expert Shares Example, Insights on AML Focus

How the IRS Audits Cryptocurrency Tax Returns - Filing Expert Shares Example, Insights on AML FocusTax season is one of the most dreaded times of the year for many, and when the added confusion of filing crypto returns is thrown into to the mix, things can get even stickier. News.Bitcoin.com recently talked with Clinton Donnelly of Donnelly Tax Law, a service that specializes in crypto returns. The U.S. Treasury-licensed Enrolled […]

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40 Banks in Germany Declare Intent to Offer Crypto Services Under New Law

40 Banks in Germany Declare Intent to Offer Crypto Services Under New LawMore than 40 financial institutions in Germany have reportedly declared to the country’s financial regulator, BaFin, their interest to offer cryptocurrency services under the new German law. News.Bitcoin.com reached out to the regulator for some more information. The law, which went into effect early this year, enables banks to offer crypto services after obtaining a […]

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312 Crypto Exchanges Registered in Australia, Regulator Confirms

312 Crypto Exchanges Registered in Australia, Regulator ConfirmsA growing number of cryptocurrency exchanges have been registered with Australia’s crypto regulator. A spokesperson for the government agency overseeing the crypto industry confirmed to news.Bitcoin.com on Monday that the regulator has already registered 312 crypto exchanges. Also read: Bitcoin, Tesla Stock, Tron: How Warren Buffett Got His First Bitcoin 312 Registered Crypto Exchanges The […]

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EU Countries Commence Crypto Regulations as Mandated by New Directive

EU Countries Start Regulating Cryptocurrency as Mandated by New DirectiveThe European Union’s 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive mandates that member states start regulating crypto assets by Jan. 10. Crypto exchanges and custodial wallet providers are now covered by the same regulatory requirements as banks and other financial institutions. Also read: Regs Roundup: SEC Actions, Crypto Tax-Free in Korea, New Chinese Laws EU’s Regulatory Deadline: Jan. […]

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Germans Rush to Buy Gold as Draft Bill Threatens to Restrict Purchases

Germans Rush to Buy Gold as Draft Bill Restricts PurchasesReports have emerged depicting long lines in front of a physical gold sales location in Germany, in view of pending legislation which would once again lower the anonymous purchase limit, this time from €10,000 to €2,000. The last drop happened in 2017 when the limit was set at €15,000. A draft bill from the German […]

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Mnuchin Affirms $1.5 Trillion Unaccounted For, Still Demands Strict Bitcoin Regulation

Mnuchin Affirms $1.5 Trillion Unaccounted For, Still Demands Strict Bitcoin RegulationU.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin remarked last week that a reported $1.5 trillion in missing cash — mostly one hundred dollar bills — was “sitting in bank vaults all over the world.” The famously anti-bitcoin U.S. official noted that “there’s a lot of ‘Benjamins’ all over the world” and emphasized the strength of the currency […]

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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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