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Public Statement Aims to Define Legal Status of Crypto Assets in the UK

The United Kingdom Jurisdiction Taskforce of the Lawtech Delivery Panel published a statement concerning the status of cryptocurrencies, distributed ledger technology (DLT) and smart contracts under English and Welsh private law. U.K. entrepreneur network Tech Nation announced the paper’s publication on Nov. 18. The document attempts to address the legal uncertainties of cryptocurrency and recognizes crypto assets as tradeable property and smart contracts as enforceable agreements under local law. The importance of regulating blockchain Lawtech …

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Ether and BTC Didn’t Face Regulations Unlike New Projects

Ethereum and Bitcoin (BTC) did not have to comply with regulation, admitted Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin in an interview with industry news outlet Forkast published on Nov. 18. During the interview — which took place at the Hong Kong FinTech Week — Lubin noted that new projects need to comply with regulations, and explained the impact of the application of security law to the cryptocurrency space. You can’t sell a utility token, it’s not one …

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Presidential Hopeful Andrew Yang Plans to Regulate Crypto Industry

Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang has outlined how he plans to regulate the cryptocurrency industry. Promise to promote legislation on cryptocurrencies On Nov. 14, Yang, an entrepreneur, lawyer, philanthropist and a Democratic candidate in the 2020 United States presidential election, wrote in a Nov. 14 blog post on the tech industry that cryptocurrencies experience the levels of fraud that they do because of lack of adequate regulations. He said: “Other countries, which are ahead …

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US Will Strictly Enforce Anti-Money Laundering In Crypto

The United States Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Director Kenneth Blanco said that Anti-Money Laundering (AML) laws will be strictly enforced in the world of cryptocurrencies. On Nov. 15, Reuters reported that Blanco made it crystal clear that cryptocurrency companies engaged in money service businesses will have to comply with AML laws and share information about their customers. Travel rule also applies to crypto Speaking at a conference hosted by Chainalysis, a New York-based blockchain …

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Huobi Chain Blockchain Completes Planned Open Source Developer Rollout

Cryptocurrency exchange Huobi has open-sourced the development of its Huobi Chain blockchain, the company has confirmed. In a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Nov. 12, Huobi said that Huobi Chain, which it unveiled in June, was now available to any GitHub developer. Huobi encourages regulator involvement The aim, it explains, is further interaction between developers and regulators, Huobi Chain’s target audience. “Since the start of this project, our goal was to create an inclusive …

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New Official Register in San Marino Recognizes and Regulates Blockchain Firms

The Republic of San Marino has officially adopted the Register of Blockchain Entities, inviting companies in the industry to apply for certification. Companies can apply for blockchain certification online The project was initiated by San Marino’s fully state-owned tech innovation company, the Institute for Innovation of the Republic of San Marino, Cointelegraph Italia reports Oct. 22. According to local public service broadcaster San Marino RTV, companies in the microstate of San Marino can now apply …

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Telegram’s Grams Wallet Is Available on GitHub in Test Mode

Telegram’s crypto wallet Grams Wallet is now available for MacOS, Windows and Ubuntu in testing mode, with the source code published on GitHub. Grams Wallet users can get test tokens Users can now download the test wallet client from its website, create an address and receive private keys as well as request and test Gram tokens in the app via a special Telegram bot called TestTonBot. Specifically, TestTonBot invites users to test out the service …

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Canada Pushes to Regulate Crypto Adoption, Forgoing Volatile BTC Past

Recently, Canada’s central bank has been leading working groups with global partners exploring a blockchain future. Their crypto presence has soared with Ernst & Young’s announcement that it is using Toronto to test its public government expenditure blockchain. But what is the cryptocurrency landscape currently like in Canada?  The history of crypto in Canada may seem as volatile as a token with a small market cap, yet mainstream use and adoption have been on a …

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Can Libra and Other Crypto Find a Ground to Navigate Regulation?

Bitcoin (BTC) and cryptocurrencies are causing some confusion for regulators globally. Designed usually as peer-to-peer payment platforms, cryptocurrencies seek to improve trust, security and privacy by significantly reducing or eliminating third parties. However, by connecting users directly, cryptocurrencies make regulatory oversight far more complex.  The regulatory control that most governments seek is generally related to money laundering and illegal activity. While cryptocurrency creators have no desire to foster such practices, many nevertheless hope to move …

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Interests Fragmenting as Crypto Field Expands

Over the past few months, Libra, Facebook’s prospective global digital currency, has stolen much of the spotlight across many areas of the cryptosphere. The field of blockchain lobbying was no exception: From Mark Zuckerberg smooth-talking powerful officials into supporting his global initiative to an expansion of the impressive roster of corporate lobbyists summoned to advocate for it, Libra has been dominating the recent coverage of government–crypto industry relationships.  Related: How Facebook Libra Is Seeking Compliance, …

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