Blockchain 

Crypto Leaders Propose Open Compliance Protocol For Financial Action Task Force

Today during a panel at BlockShow Asia 2019, a group of cryptocurrency industry leaders announced the creation of a protocol that aims to maintain privacy while complying with Financial Action Task Force (FATF) regulation.  The FATF’s so-called “travel rule” requires virtual asset service providers (VASPs) like cryptocurrency exchanges to collect and share personal data during transactions. The creators of the proposed protocol say that it enables VASPs to transmit this information in a highly private and secure fashion. The consortium released a whitepaper for the protocol yesterday — it’s called…

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Blockchain 

CipherTrace Urges Crypto Companies to Prepare for Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

For better or for worse, the cryptocurrency space is coming of age. Since Bitcoin’s rise to mainstream prominence in 2015, there has been increasing recognition of digital assets from government agencies around the world. In turn, new regulations are being imposed to control the way cryptocurrency companies operate and do business globally.  Most recently, the Financial Action Task Force issued new guidelines on how digital assets should be regulated. In order to raise awareness around these requirements, the blockchain security company CipherTrace hosted a conference and hackathon this week in…

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Ethereum 

Chainalysis Adds ERC-20 Tokens to Its On-Demand Compliance Service

Blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis has announced the launch of its on-demand compliance and investigations software for several Ethereum (ETH)-based ERC-20 tokens. The company announced in a press release published on Oct. 3 that its Know Your Transaction (KYT) tool now supports tokens such as Basic Attention Token (BAT), DAI, GoldX, Maker (MKR), OmiseGO (OMG) and 0x (ZRX). Aggressive support expansion Furthermore, the company also announced plans to roll out support for 23 additional cryptocurrencies, including XRP, DASH, unshielded ZCash (ZEC), Dogecoin (DOGE) and Ethereum Classic (ETC) over the next three…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Exchange PrimeXBT Partners With Bitfury to Ensure Compliance

Bitcoin (BTC) exchange PrimeXBT announced that it partnered with blockchain development firm Bitfury in order to ensure regulatory compliance. According to a press release published on Sept. 9, PrimeXBT will be using Bitfury’s blockchain analytics and cryptocurrency compliance software Crystal. The exchange hopes that the implementation will heighten its Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism policies, as well as improve client security. A PrimeXBT official said: “As a responsible member of the global financial community we are faced with the important yet challenging task of eliminating money laundering,…

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Blockchain 

Amanie Advisors Support Ether’s Compliance With Islamic Finance Law

Islamic finance and Sharia advisory firm Amanie Advisors have established Ether’s (ETH) compliance with Islamic religious law. Ether receives Sharia endorsement In a blog post published on their website, Amanie Advisors announced that the firm has collaborated with the Ethereum Foundation to establish the platform’s compliance with Sharia religious law. As a result of the collaboration, the company released a paper with the main purpose of illustrating Ethereum’s compliance with Islamic morals, which concedes a Sharia endorsement of the project and the coin. In the white paper, the advisory firm…

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Blockchain 

FinCEN Director Addresses Casino Compliance With Obligations Regarding Crypto

Kenneth A. Blanco, the director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), has urged casinos to follow the agency’s guidelines in regards to suspicious convertible virtual currency (CVC) activity. During his speech at the 12th Annual Las Vegas Anti-Money Laundering Conference on Aug. 13, Blanco addressed casinos’ compliance with the FinCEN’s guidance released in May. In their guidance, the FinCEN considered certain business models involving CVC financial institutions to help them comply with their existing obligations under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). The guidance, however, did not establish any new…

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Bitcoin 

Facebook Stresses Libra’s Compliance With FinCEN at Senate Hearing

David Marcus, head of Facebook’s crypto wallet Calibra, stressed Facebook’s intent to be compliant with the United States Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) in distributing the Libra stablecoin. As a Cointelegraph correspondent reports on July 16, Marcus delivered his comments at the ongoing hearing on Facebook’s Libra with the Banking Committee of the U.S. Senate. Addressing the issues of money laundering and terrorism financing, Senator Cortez Mastro asked Marcus how Facebook is going to ensure that the platform is not being used for such purposes. Marcus responded that “this is…

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Bitcoin 

US Treasury Secretary Shares Trump’s Concerns on Crypto, Stresses Compliance

United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin shares President Donald Trump’s concerns on the use of cryptocurrency to finance illicit activity, and stresses the role of enforcing FinCEN regulations with respect to crypto-dealing organizations. Mnuchin made his remarks at a press conference on July 15. Mnuchin called the use of cryptocurrencies to fund illicit activity a national security issue, saying that billions of dollars have been used for this purpose: “Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have been exploited to support billions of dollars of illicit activity, like cybercrime, tax evasion, extortion, randomware,…

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Ethereum 

Regtech Startup Coinfirm to Investigate XRP’s Compliance With AML Provisions

Regulation technology startup Coinfirm will investigate how cryptocurrency Ripple (XRP) is being used, Forbes reported on June 26. San Francisco-based tech startup Ripple, which is largely behind XRP, has signed an agreement with Coinfirm, wherein the latter will explore XRP’s compliance with anti-money laundering (AML) provisions. Within the investigation, Coinfirm will reveal information such as whether XRP has been processed by a “mixer” — a technology developed to make transactions more difficult to trace and therefore easier to launder crypto — clustering, which enables a user to send small amounts…

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Blockchain 

Facebook Onboards Two Former Coinbase Compliance Experts

Social networking giant Facebook has on-boarded two new compliance experts, who previously worked at United States major cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase. Mikheil Moucharrafie joined Facebook as compliance officer after almost four years of working at Coinbase. At the exchange, Moucharrafie held positions such as support analyst and quality assurance tester, anti-money laundering (AML)/bank secrecy investigator, compliance manager, and risk manager. Jeff Cartwright spent nearly five years at Coinbase as a compliance manager, head of internal audit, and director of regulatory risk and exams. Prior to joining Coinbase, Cartwright was involved in…

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