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Crypto Needs Less Government Regulation – Not More

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <p class=”p1″><strong>A recent opinion article by Peter Lin, <a href=”https://cointelegraph.com/news/why-regulation-is-the-best-thing-for-crypto”>“Why Regulation Is The Best Thing For Crypto,”</a> presents common arguments on why the state and state-affiliated institutions should administer cryptocurrency. Underlying the arguments is an assumption: the free market cannot provide necessary standards for crypto and the state must step into the …

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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. …

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EU Members Adopt Tougher Crypto Rules Than AML Directive Requires

</header> <strong>Europe is gradually tightening the rules for the crypto space. A wave of new regulations are introducing stricter requirements for companies operating in the industry and cryptocurrency users are going to feel the difference in the coming months. The measures stem from the obligation of member states to transpose EU’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive …

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Can the Fed Kill Bitcoin? Navigating the Chokepoints of Tax Law and KYC

</header> <strong>Taxes. The one word that can kill any buzz in seconds flat. Whether you’re a libertarian ranting about how taxation is theft or one of those fabled creatures who is actually happy to file them as their so-called civic duty, one fact remains: those who don’t give the government a bite — or make …

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Czech Republic to Impose Stricter Crypto Regulations than EU Requires

The Czech Republic is expected to enforce stricter oversight of cryptocurrencies than that required by the European Union’s bloc-wide Anti-Money-Laundering (AML) regulatory regime.  According to a report from local newspaper Hospodářské Noviny on Aug. 8, the Czech Republic’s transposition of the European Union (EU)’s Fifth AML Directive (AMLD5) looks set to impose yet stricter requirements …

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MIT’s AI Lab Crunched 200,000 Bitcoin Transactions. Only 2% Were ‘Illicit’

Blockchain analytics firm Elliptic partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to publish a public dataset of bitcoin transactions associated with illicit activity. The group’s study detailed how researchers at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab used machine learning software to categorize 203,769 bitcoin node transactions worth roughly $6 billion in total. The research explored whether …

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US SEC Gives Crypto Gaming Firm the Go-Ahead on ‘Quarters’ Token

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has cleared a crypto gaming company to issue blockchain tokens without registration, deeming the tokens to not be securities. The SEC published its determination on July 25 via the commission’s website, as a reply to an apparent inquiry from the company Pocketful of Quarters (PoQ) on its …

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Roubini: 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 …

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Money Laundering Fines Worth Billions Help Bankers Avoid Prosecution and Unpleasant Labels

</header> <strong>The recent seizure of a cargo ship owned by JP Morgan, a vessel loaded with 20 tons of cocaine according to latest accounts, highlighted the risks of banks’ involvement in illicit activities, inadvertent or otherwise. And although U.S. authorities released the MSC Gayane after the owner, JP Morgan’s asset management arm, and the operator, …

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Canada: Crypto Exchanges Must Register With Financial Watchdog Next June

Cryptocurrency exchanges in Canada will be legally required to register with the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FinTRAC) as of June 1, 2020, according to a notice published on July 10. This requirement will come into effect along with other amendments to Canada’s new anti-money-laundering (AML) laws next year. Crypto exchanges will …

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