Blockchain 

No Rush to Pass Fintech Laws: Philippine Senator Grace Poe

Philippine Senator Grace Poe said that local lawmakers should not be in a hurry to pass financial technology (fintech) regulation. Local news outlet Rappler reported on Sept. 23 that Poe made her remarks after a hearing by the Senate Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies. She said: “To most of our countrymen, this is alien to them, but in fact some of them have been availing of it through online lending. And without the proper information and education, a lot of them are actually victimized.” A field that needs…

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Ethereum 

BitMEX in Violation of Securities Laws, Crypto a Metastasized Cancer

Economist and anti-cryptocurrency pundit Nouriel Roubini has recently declared that there is “overwhelming evidence of rampant fraud and abuse” in the crypto space.  Roubini, a professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, also took aim specifically at the compliance policies of crypto exchange BitMEX in an essay entitled “The Great Crypto Heist.” The essay was published by opinions publication site Project Syndicate on July 16. According to Roubini, anonymous sources from within BitMex told him that criminals perform a massive amount of money laundering on the exchange: “BitMEX insiders revealed…

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Blockchain 

Bitcoin ATMs a Blind Spot for Money Laundering Laws

Spanish law enforcement pointed out that Bitcoin (BTC) automated teller machines (ATMs) show a gap in European Union’s Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations, Bloomberg reports on July 11. Per the report, Spanish police uncovered a local gang that used Bitcoin ATMs to transfer more than 9 million euros ($10 million) for drug traffickers in Colombia and other countries.  Bloomberg cites anonymous representatives of Guardia Civil (a type of Spanish law enforcement) alleging that the group hired two machines from trading platforms and installed them in an office in Madrid. The office…

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Bitcoin 

Securities Laws Are ‘Written to Be Dynamic’

Securities laws are “written to be dynamic,” a senior official at the United States securities regulator claimed in a recent panel at Consensus 2019 on May 13. Amy Starr, chief of the office of capital markets trends at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), expressed the regulator’s willingness to interact with local crypto and blockchain-related businesses in order to gain a better understanding of how securities laws can be applied in various cases. Speaking at a panel titled “Perspectives on SEC engagement concerning digital assets,” Starr noted a high…

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Blockchain 

US Legislators Reintroduce Token Taxonomy Act to Exclude Crypto From Securities Laws

Representatives in the United States House of Representatives have reintroduced the Token Taxonomy Act, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on April 9. The bill would exclude cryptocurrency from being classified as a security. The bill was initially proposed last December by Reps. Warren Davidson (R) and Darren Soto (D), and seeks to exclude digital currencies from being defined as securities by amending the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Act of 1934. The press release notes that the recent iteration of the bill will differ from…

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Bitcoin 

Michigan House of Representatives Votes to Include Cryptocurrencies in Criminal Laws

The Michigan House of Representatives has passed a bill, HB 4102, on April 9 that would include cryptocurrencies in criminal codes regarding illegal actions for financial gain. Michigan lawmakers have voted to introduce amendments to various sections of the Michigan Penal Code, specifying that cryptocurrency would be included in provisions relating to money laundering, embezzlement, credit card fraud and financial transactions involving the proceeds of a criminal offense. The legislation also prohibits the collection of cryptocurrency — or any currency — for the fighting, baiting or shooting of an animal.…

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Bitcoin 

No Solution Yet Found to Bring Public Blockchains Under EU Privacy Laws

Sam Palmisano — retired IBM chairman and current chairman of United States nonprofit The Center for Global Enterprise — says he doesn’t know of a solution that has been found to make public blockchain networks compatible with European data privacy laws. Palmisano made his remarks during a joint interview for Bloomberg Markets with David Kappos, partner at U.S. law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, which was broadcast on the Bloomberg Technology channel on March 4. Palmisano and Kappos focused on the interaction between blockchain innovation and the General Data Protection…

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Bitcoin 

Russian Supreme Court Classifies Illicit Crypto Use Under Money Laundering Laws

The Russian Supreme Court has included the illicit use of cryptocurrencies in the list of criminal offences related to money laundering, local legal news site Pravo reported on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The court has introduced new amendments to the anti-money laundering (AML) decree issued in July 2015. These clarifications relate to Russian criminal code articles dedicated to the legalization of property acquired via criminal means. According to Alexander Chervotkin, a judge who commented on the regulations, in the three years since the decree was signed, cryptocurrencies have became widely used…

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Blockchain 

Bill Exempting Non-Custodial Crypto Services From Certain Laws Reintroduced to Congress

A bill exempting companies providing non-custodial crypto services from certain state money transmitting laws has been resubmitted to the United States Congress. Data confirming this was published on the Congress’ official website on Jan. 14. The bill, titled “To provide a safe harbor from licensing and registration for certain non-controlling blockchain developers and providers of blockchain services,” was submitted by U.S. congressman Tom Emmer and co-sponsored by congressman Darren Soto. Emmer has already shown interest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology in the past, and has been featured in the list…

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Bitcoin 

Colorado Considers Bill Giving Cryptocurrencies Limited Exemptions From Securities Laws

A new bill to exempt cryptocurrencies from some securities laws is currently under consideration by the Colorado Senate, documents released on Jan. 4 confirm. A bipartisan effort sponsored at Senate level by Republican Jack Tate and Democrat Steve Fenberg, the “Colorado Digital Token Act” aims to offer limited extra freedoms for cryptocurrencies and traders. The move comes as local regulators crack down on illegitimate offerings in the industry in a bid to formalize the local landscape. “The bill provides limited exemptions from the securities registration and securities broker-dealer and salesperson…

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