Ethereum 

Republic of Abkhazia Develops Law Draft on Crypto Mining

The Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Abkhazia has developed a law draft on the settlement of cryptocurrency mining activities in the country, local news outlet Sputnik Abkhazia reported on June 24. The press service of the Ministry told Sputnik that the drafted bill was approved and sent to the Cabinet of Ministers of the republic. The proposed regulation defines legal, economic, organizational, and technical rules for the implementation of mining cryptocurrency activities in the republic.  To conduct crypto mining operations, one will have to register as a legal…

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Bitcoin 

Spanish Law Enforcement Arrests 35 Suspects for Bank Fraud, BTC Money Laundering

Spanish law enforcement arrested 35 people for allegedly counterfeiting banking cards and laundering the proceeds through bitcoin (BTC), local media La Verdad reports on June 14. Per the report, the organization obtained over €600,000 ($674,000) and laundered over €1 million ($1.2 million) using bitcoin. Furthermore, the Command of Alicante reportedly solved a total of 1,020 connected cybercrimes during the operation. The alleged actions of the suspects — who are from Equatorial Guinea, Spain, Nigeria, Cameroon and Morocco — had a total of 219 victims in Spain, with 20 more in…

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Bitcoin 

Europol Reveals Gamified Coin Tracing Training for Law Enforcement at Crypto Conference

Europol — the law enforcement agency of the European Union — is hosting its sixth cryptocurrency conference, with over 300 crypto experts from law enforcement and the private sector reportedly in attendance. The news was revealed in a Europol press release published on June 14. The conference — organized by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and hosted June 12-14 at the Europol headquarters in the Hague, Netherlands — is allegedly the largest law enforcement crypto event in Europe. Per the press release, the conference focused on opportunities to strengthen cooperation…

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Bitcoin 

DOrg LLC Purports to be First Legally Valid DAO Under US Law

Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) developer cooperative dOrg has created a limited liability company (LLC) to grant its native DAO legal status, according to a report by independent law firm Gravel & Shea on June 11. As its name implies, a DAO is a firm with no centralization or hierarchy, and is instead governed by open source digital rules on a blockchain — a smart contract — and operated publicly by users via a consensus voting mechanism. According to Gravel & Shea, the native DAO of dOrg, underpinned by the DAOstack…

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Bitcoin 

Egypt Lays Out Path for a Crypto Future With Draft Law

In the end of May 2019, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) announced that it is working on a draft law for crypto-related activities. When introduced, it will oblige financial institutions in the country to obtain licenses in advance for creating, advertising or operating platforms that issue or facilitate trading of cryptocurrencies. Licenses will be issued by the CBE’s board of directors. This marked the first step the Egyptian government made toward the legalization of activities related to cryptocurrencies. Is Egypt defining its stance on crypto? The state’s attitude toward the…

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Bitcoin 

Japan Hopes to Set Global Crypto Law Benchmark With Latest Regulatory Update

On May 31, the Japanese House of Representatives amended two cryptocurrency-related laws, the Payment Services Act and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, which will come into effect in April 2020. Most Japanese crypto exchanges have welcomed the changes, since they expect more institutional investors to join the crypto industry. However, others voiced their concerns that the changes may bring some uncertainty to custodians and wallet service providers. The two documents outline several specific changes, which can be discussed separately. The Payment Services Act (PSA) Virtual currency to crypto assets…

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Bitcoin 

Supreme Arbitration Court Judge Urges for Inclusion of Crypto in Civil Law

A judge at Russia’s Supreme Arbitration Court has argued that the term digital assets should be included in the Russian Civil Law, local state-backed media agency Federal Press reports on June 4. Lyudmila Novoselova, chairman at the Court for Intellectual Rights of Russian Federation and a judge at the Supreme Arbitration Court, has introduced the institution’s plans for the development of legislation for digital rights. The official delivered her testimony at the first retreat of the presidential council in Ekaterinburg devoted to civil law. Novoselova expressed confidence that the Russian…

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Bitcoin 

Central Bank’s Draft Law Requires Licenses for Crypto-Related Activities

A new banking law drafted for the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) would make it mandatory to obtain licenses in advance of creating, advertising or operating platforms for issuing or trading cryptocurrencies. The news was reported by online newspaper The Egypt Independent on May 28. Citing an official source’s remarks to the Egyptian MENA news agency, the Independent states that if passed, the draft bill will also empower the CBE’s Board of Directors to determine and issue rules for the trading and handling of cryptocurrencies in the country. According to…

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Blockchain 

UK Gov’t-Led Jurisdiction Team to Define Status of Crypto Under English Private Law

A British government-led jurisdiction team has launched a public consultation to determine the status of crypto assets under English private law, according to an official statement on May 9. In the document, the United Kingdom Jurisdiction Taskforce (UKJT) stated that the existing legal uncertainty around the crypto industry is a major reason for a lack of confidence by investors. The UKJT, one of the six taskforces of the LawTech Delivery Panel (LTDP), brings together the Judiciary and the Law Commission of England and Wales, as well as tech and legal…

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Blockchain 

Washington State Law Recognizes Blockchain Records as Legally Valid and Enforceable

The United States state of Washington has passed a bill that recognizes and protects the legal status of electronic records pertaining to distributed ledgers like blockchains. The bill, substitute senate bill 5638, was signed into effect by Governor Jay Inslee on April 26, 2019. The original version of the bill had its first reading by the Washington state legislature on January 25, 2019. The bill has now passed with 96–1 and will go into effect in late July. The new law has a clause which prevents discriminating against electronic records…

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