No Reason to ‘Bury’ Cryptocurrencies, Russian PM Medvedev Says

Economy & Regulation Last year’s falling prices are not a good enough reason to “bury” cryptocurrencies, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said during a high-level economic conference. He believes Russia should carefully follow the developments around digital coins.   Also read: Clickbait Media Uses Bitcoin and Russia to Pump Headlines Again Russia Should Watch Carefully […]

Bulgarian Tax Authority to Inspect Crypto Exchanges and Traders

Taxes The National Revenue Agency of Bulgaria is preparing to conduct inspections on cryptocurrency trading platforms and their customers. The authority wants to make sure that both are fulfilling their obligations under the country’s tax and social security laws. Also read: Denmark’s Tax Agency to Collect Information About Bitcoin Traders Nine Crypto Companies Subjected to […]

China Quietly Makes It Illegal to Run a Node Without Gov’t Approval

China has introduced new regulations intended to promote the ‘healthy development’ of blockchain technology. However, the new law also entitles the Cyberspace Administration of China to supervise node operators, as well as to request private information.  New Blockchain Regulations China’s Office of Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission (CAC) issued new regulations dubbed “Regulations on the Management […]

China Announces New Regulations for Blockchain Companies to ‘Promote Healthy Development’

Blockchain China is coming down hard on blockchain companies, even though the government appears to favor blockchain over cryptocurrency. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) announced new regulations on Jan. 10 that will compel blockchain platforms to eliminate “undesirable” content while giving authorities access to private stored data and to check the identity of users. […]

5 Crypto Exchanges Have Been Licensed in Gibraltar Since Regulation

Economy & Regulation Several known crypto companies have been granted licenses to operate from Gibraltar since the British overseas territory adopted business-friendly regulations for the nascent industry. According to Gibraltar’s trade minister, Albert Isola, the government is now focused on creating a “supportive environment” for the sector.   Also read: Cryptocurrency Exchanges Eye Russia for […]

Banking Agency Advises European Commission to Assess Common Crypto Approach

Regulation The European Banking Authority (EBA), a regulatory agency of the European Union, has published its assessment into the application of EU law to crypto assets. The agency, which is headquartered in London, recommends that the European Commission tables a response to the risks regulators associate with the field such as money laundering. Also Read: […]

Central Bank Official: Regulators Are Hindering the Development of Cryptocurrencies

Economy & Regulation An excessive number of regulatory agencies are interfering with the prospects of successful development of cryptocurrencies in Ukraine, according to a high-ranking representative of the country’s central bank. What the sector needs instead is proper regulations and laws that will allow it to grow, the banker insists. Also read: Cryptocurrency Exchanges Eye […]

Cryptocurrency Exchanges Eye Russia for Expansion Despite Sanctions

Economy & Regulation Sanctions imposed by governments as part of geopolitical struggles do not always filter through to under-regulated industries. Ambitious businesses covet every opportunity for expansion and diversification. That seems to be the reason why a growing number of crypto exchanges are turning their attention to Russia and its diaspora, despite the disapprobation this […]

Kraken Received 3 Times More Law Enforcement Requests in 2018

Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has revealed that it has received three times more law enforcement requests in 2018 compared to 2017. The overwhelming majority of requesting authorities is in the US.  A Chokepoint for Law Enforcement San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has released an infographic displaying the increasing number of law enforcement requests received in 2018. […]

Crypto-Friendly Statesman Takes Over Swiss Presidency

Economy & Regulation After serving as finance minister of one of the most economically influential nations over the past three years, Ueli Maurer is now starting his term as President of the Swiss Confederation. Given his track record and liberal views regarding fintech regulation, Maurer’s election is considered a positive development for the Alpine nation’s expanding […]