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Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey Expresses Concerns Regarding FinCEN’s Proposed Bitcoin and Crypto Regulations

Payments company Square‘s (NYSE:SQ) Jack Dorsey has expressed concerns regarding recently proposed Bitcoin (BTC) related regulations. The bitcoin regulations proposed by FinCEN give few useful powers to regulators, greatly roll back economic freedoms while pointlessly surveilling law-abiding people, and create databases of info about who… Read More

CoinFlip: “FinCEN’s proposed rulemaking would impose arbitrary and unnecessary burdens on virtual currency businesses”

FinCEN, part of the US Department of Treasury, is in the process of creating rules that will impact the digital asset ecosystem. FinCEN is seeking to address the illicit activity in the “convertible virtual currency” (CVC) sector and the “anticipated growth” of “legal tender digital… Read More

US Congress Warns Treasury on Unusually Short Timeframe Provided for Submitting Feedback on Proposed Cryptocurrency Rulemaking

Robin Mahler Weisman, Senior Policy Counsel at Coin Center, a leading non-profit entity focused on the latest policy issues facing digital currencies, notes that the US Congress had warned the Treasury regarding its “unusually short” timeline for feedback regarding its new cryptocurrency rulemaking proposal. Weisman… Read More

Kraken Appoints Crypto Exchange Pioneer Miha Grčar as its Head of Business Development, Company Comments on FinCEN’s Proposed Crypto Rules

Kraken recently announced that crypto exchange pioneer Miha Grčar has joined the US-based digital assets exchange as its Head of Business Development. Kraken’s management confirmed that they’re looking forward to working with Miha Grčar, a pioneer of the digital currency exchange sector. As mentioned in… Read More

Blockchain Firm Chainalysis and Digital Asset Exchange OKCoin Express Concerns Regarding FinCEN’s New Crypto Rules

This past Friday, the US Department of the Treasury published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to the Federal Register that may require financial institutions and cryptocurrency-related firms to submit updated reports, maintain records, and accurately verify the identity of customers in relation to transfers… Read More

Coinbase Requests that FinCEN Apply Traditional 60-Day Notice-and-Comment Period for its Proposed Rulemaking for Crypto Transactions

On December 19, 2020, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published a 72-page notice of proposed or suggested rulemaking, titled “Requirements for Certain Transactions Involving Convertible Virtual Currency or Digital Assets,” which could impose new and “onerous” reporting and recordkeeping requirements for virtual currency transactions,… Read More

FinCEN Rulemaking for Crypto Transactions: A “Rushed” and “Problematic” Reporting Requirement, Coin Center Research Director Says

Peter Van Valkenburgh, the Director of Research at Coin Center, a leading non-profit entity focused on the latest policy issues facing digital currencies, notes that during the past few years we’ve seen countries like Switzerland, Singapore, and the Netherlands adopt a technology-focused approach to regulating… Read More

FinCEN Proposes Rule Change for Unhosted Convertible Virtual Currency Wallets

On December 18, 2020, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published a proposed rule change for digital currency transactions with “unhosted” wallets. Under the newly proposed change, banking institutions, and money services businesses (MSBs) may be required to verify customers’ identities and turn in reports… Read More

Only 22% of Banking Professionals and Financial Investigators Feel “Confident” Identifying Crypto related Transfers: Survey

Blockchain security firm CipherTrace reports that only 22% of banking industry professionals and financial investigators “feel confident” in their ability to accurately identify cryptocurrency -related payments. In a December 9, 2020, CipherTrace-ACFCS Webinar on “How Cryptocurrency Intelligence Tipped the Scales in 2020 Sanctions Evasion,” more… Read More

Arca Chief Legal Officer Phil Liu Comments on Crypto Regulation

  Phil Liu is Chief Legal Officer and co-founder of Arca – a regulatory compliant digital asset investment platform that is building financial products utilizing blockchain. Arca is the first firm to offer a registered fund with shares issued as a digital security. The Fund… Read More

Number of Virtual Asset Transactions Triggering Travel Rule Thresholds Could Increase Significantly Under FinCEN’s New Rules: Report

Blockchain security firm Ciphertrace has noted that FinCEN’s suggested rule change for the Travel Rule Threshold would “more than double” compliance events for US-based virtual asset service providers or VASPs. CipherTrace confirms that FinCEN had released a proposed rule change (in October 2020). The recommendation… Read More

US Federal Reserve, FinCEN Look for Comments on Travel Rule Proposal

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the US Federal Reserve Board has invited comment on a proposed rule that would amend the recordkeeping and travel rule regulations under the Bank Secrecy Act. The travel rule is affiliated with the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF)… Read More

FinCEN Targets Bitcoin Mixer with $60 Million Penalty Pertaining to Money Laundering

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has targeted Larry Dean Harmon, of Akron, Ohio, the founder of Helix and Coin Ninja in a first enforcement action targeting a crypto mixer. In a release, FinCEN said Harmon and his operations were assessed a $60 million civil… Read More

Collapse of Belize based Choice Bank Hit Some Payoneer Customers – Report

The ongoing exposé of leaked documents from FinCEN (the enforcement branch of the US Department of Treasury), and allegations of money laundering, continues to ripple through the media. A story shared by NBC News today covers the collapse of Choice Bank, based in Belize, and… Read More

Over 90% of Actual Cryptocurrency related Transactions within a Financial Institution Might Not Even be Detected: Report

Current Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) regulations state that it’s the responsibility of all financial service providers to accurately and promptly identify and report any suspicious or potentially fraudulent activity. This activity may be related to how criminals or bad actors exploit convertible virtual currencies… Read More

FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco Discusses Travel Rule for Crypto, COVID-19 is a Lure for the Bad Guys

FinCEN Director Kenneth A. Blanco delivered a speech at virtual Consensus this past week addressing several hot topics of the day – including the “Travel Rule”; the FATF requirement that virtual asset service providers (or VASPs – think crypto exchanges) maintain information on purchasers and… Read More

Binance-backed Cryptocurrency Derivatives Exchange FTX to Launch Spot Trading in the US

FTX, a digital assets derivatives exchange that primarily caters to Asian traders and investors, will be introducing a spot exchange in the US markets. Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO at FTX, noted that the company’s US-based trading platform is presently in its beta testing phase. The spot… Read More

As Confusion Swirls Regarding PPP, FinCEN Provides FAQ Regarding BSA Requirements

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), one of the elements of the CARES Act designed to help the US SME sector that has been demolished by the COVID-19 pandemic, has been lauded in its intent but criticized in its execution. Confusion continues as banks struggle to… Read More

US-based CoinZoom, a FinCEN Regulated Digital Asset Exchange, Officially Launches Crypto Trading Platform and Company Visa Card

US-based CoinZoom, a regulated digital asset exchange, has announced the official launch of its crypto trading platform and its company Visa card. Users will now be able to purchase, sell, and spend a wide range of cryptocurrencies via CoinZoom’s exchange platform. According to a press… Read More

Former Chainalysis Chief Technical Counsel Joins FinCEN as Deputy Director

Michael Mosier has joined the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) as its new Deputy Director and Digital Innovation Officer. FinCEN is part of the US Department of Treasury. Mosier will be FinCEN’s first Digital Innovation Officer helping the agency to adapt to the fast-changing world… Read More

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