Business 2 months agoJasmine Solana
Int’l watchdog readies crypto-related AML rules for June 2019 rollout
By June 2019, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will start requiring jurisdictions around the world to regulate cryptocurrency-related companies—from exchanges to wallet services and even initial coin offerings (ICOs)—all in a bid to stem the use of virtual currencies for criminal activities like money laundering and terrorism financing.
The Paris-based intergovernmental organization announced last week that it has amended its global Standards “to address the regulation of virtual assets,” noting that there is an “urgent need for an effective, global, risk-based response to the AML/CFT [anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism] risks associated with virtual asset financial activities.”
— FATF (@FATFNews) October 19, 2018
Under the changes to FATF global standards, crypto exchanges, certain types of wallet providers and providers of financial services for ICOs will be subjected to AML/CFT regulations, such as conducting customer due diligence including ongoing monitoring, record-keeping, and reporting of suspicious transactions.
“By June, we will issue additional instructions on the standards and how we expect them to be enforced,” Marshall Billingslea, president of FATF, told Reuters.
The FATF will conduct periodic reviews after the regulations are enforced, and countries that fall short risk being blacklisted by the organization.
“Some jurisdictions already regulate virtual asset activity in accordance with the 2015 guidance,” FATF said, noting that the updates to FATF’s Standards are “largely compatible with their existing regulatory requirements.”
Watchdogs like FATF, which claimed to have been monitoring the so-called risks in the crypto space for several years already, may have missed the reports showing most crime are still happening in the fiat world. Just recently, a report by undercover journalists in 12 countries revealed that banks across Europe helped their clients illegally take $63 billion in taxes. Involved in the scheme, according to the report, are Barclays, JPMorgan, BMP Paribas, UBS, Morgan Stanley, Banco Santander, Meryl Lynch, Deutsche Bank and SEB bank out Sweden.
So why is crypto still the bad guy?
Actually i take that back, Governments are the number one offenders of terror financing. Public immutable ledgers catch criminals. Period
— Stellar.org Global Cryptocurrency (@xlm_usd) October 21, 2018
Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BSV is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.
Business 15 hours ago
Blockchain startup raises $24M for digital rights management
Bluecoat, a blockchain company specializing in digital rights and royalties distribution, has already raised $24.25 million in funding, with notable personalities in the music industry assisting with the funding. In its press release, the company ...
Business 16 hours ago
Bitmain shuts down Israel office, leaving all 23 employees jobless
After nearly three years of activity, Chinese crypto mining giant Bitmain is reportedly ceasing its Israeli operations this week. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Israeli news outlet Globes reported on Monday that Bitmain’s development ...
Business 21 hours ago
Warning: Scam site mimicking SVPool.com
We're sending a warning to people in and out of the crypto industry. There is a website trying to cheat unsuspecting users looking to visit SVPool.com. The individual or group is utilizing a common tactic ...