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Category: Regulation

Danish Police Follow Bitcoin's 'Breadcrumbs' to Jail Cybercriminals

Category: Bitcoin, News, Regulation

Danish Police Follow Bitcoin's 'Breadcrumbs' to Jail Cybercriminals

In a world first, Danish police have analyzed bitcoin transactions to track down and prosecute individuals involved in drug trafficking on the Dark Net, as repoted by Danish news outlet Berlingske. January 2017 saw a Danish 20 year old convicted for drug trafficking by way of analysis of bitcoin tranasctions, the second such time in Denmark. The man in question...

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Bank of Canada: Digital Currencies will not Survive without Regulation

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, News, Regulation

Bank of Canada: Digital Currencies will not Survive without Regulation

The Bank of Canada (BoC) released a paper in February 2017, explicitly stating digital currencies will not be able to survive in the future without government involvement. Researchers from the BoC examined the viability of digital currency for the years ahead. The researchers used previous examples of the Canadian National Currency notes as the starting point for the study. In...

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IBM Study: 90 percent of Government Agencies to Invest in Blockchain Tech by 2018

Category: Commentary, News, Regulation, Tech

IBM Study: 90 percent of Government Agencies to Invest in Blockchain Tech by 2018

A study by the IBM’s Institute for Business Value, entitled “Building trust in government,” revealed that the majority of public officials who participated are likely to pursue blockchain development in 2017. The survey spanned 200 government leaders from 16 countries, suggesting that 90 percent of government organizations plan to invest in blockchain technology by 2018. Specifically, government agencies will actively...

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Japan's Virtual Currency Quarantine may Slow Innovation

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Ethereum, News, Regulation

Japan's Virtual Currency Quarantine may Slow Innovation

With China long being a hub for Bitcoin operations and trading, it was not long until other countries in Asia started to take notice. Japan is the latest country to make headlines with their new Bitcoin regulations, making the cryptocurrency, along with others, legal tender in accordance with a 'whitelist,' which will be updated frequently. While welcomed with strong optimism...

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The Philippines Moves to Regulate Virtual Currencies

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, News, Regulation

The Philippines Moves to Regulate Virtual Currencies

According to a new circular from the central bank of the Philippines, BSP Circular 944, new rules and regulations have been approved about the oversight and governance of “Virtual Currency” exchanges, signed on February 6. BSP Recognizes Advantages as well as Risks of Bitcoin The Philippines has always ranked high when it comes to the amount of money remitted, to...

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Blockchain Startup Tramonex Receives FCA Approval to Issue Cryptocurrency

Category: Finance, News, Regulation, Tech

Blockchain Startup Tramonex Receives FCA Approval to Issue Cryptocurrency

The London-based FinTech startup Tramonex Labs, which focuses on international payments for SMEs has been granted a Small Electronic Money Institution License by the UK’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Tramonex's approval marks the first time that a FinTech startup has obtained permission to issue a digital currency. Tramonex Labs has built a cash management solutions platform for...

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Chinese Exchanges Suspend Withdrawals Due to Regulation

Category: Bitcoin, News, Regulation

Chinese Exchanges Suspend Withdrawals Due to Regulation

China continues to enforce regulations on Bitcoin. The large exchanges suspend withdrawals of bitcoin and litecoin while implementing anti-money laundering rules, which is announced to need at least a month of time. Also, the central bank meets the other exchanges and gives orders. For several weeks the Chinese central bank, the PBOC, starts to regulate Bitcoin exchanges. After it consulted...

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India’s Central Bank Warns Against Bitcoin Amidst Move Toward Cashless Society

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India’s Central Bank Warns Against Bitcoin Amidst Move Toward Cashless Society

On November 9, 2016, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised the nation by taking the two highest denomination notes, 500 and 1000 rupees, out of circulation in a daring move towards becoming a cashless society. The demonetization aims to reduce corruption, counterfeiting, black money and terrorism financing, which all rely on cash transactions. To recuperate GDP lost in India’s $460...

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BITCRIME: "We Aspire Innovation-friendly Regulation"

Category: Bitcoin, Interviews, News, Regulation

BITCRIME:

The German-Austrian research project BITCRIME recommends governments to regulate Bitcoin based on transaction blacklists. The coordinator of the German subproject, legal scholar Dr. Paulina Pesch, explains why. (translated from German) Dear Ms. Pesch, in the recently published policy recommendation you write that it is not clear to which extent bitcoin are used for criminal purposes. Shouldn’t we expect you to...

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The Taxing Coinbase-IRS Dilemma: And Now, 1099-B Reporting?

Category: Bitcoin, Business, News, Regulation

The Taxing Coinbase-IRS Dilemma: And Now, 1099-B Reporting?

"The 1099-B solution being suggested by Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong isn’t going to help matters unless they are dealing solely with investors who keep their assets within the Coinbase ecosystem. As soon as a customer removes bitcoin from Coinbase, you have to track the valuation changes along the way." Perry Woodin, CEO of Node40 It goes without saying that the...

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