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European Union Plans Imminent Regulation of Digital Currency Exchanges in Counter-Terrorism Push

The European Commission plans to regulate digital currency exchanges operating in the European Union, according to a communication to the European Parliament published earlier in February. The Commission will present a legislative proposal to amend the Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD) bringing "virtual currency exchange platforms" under control of regulatory authorities. The regulation...
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Board of Advisors Appointed by Elliptic

Blockchain intelligence company Elliptic, who work on identifying illicit activity on the bitcoin blockchain in conjunction with law enforcement agencies and financial institutions, has announced four appointments to its Board of Advisors: David Harris, Martine Niejadlik, Richard Brown and Nadav Rosenberg. Harris has previously served as Chief Executive Officer of...
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Estonia’s Highest Court Orders Four Government Institutions to Give Opinion on Bitcoin Legality

The Supreme Court of Estonia requested in November that four government institutions answer eight questions regarding the legality of bitcoin, following a lawsuit brought by a Dutch citizen over police suppression of the bitcoin trade. In early 2014, the proprietor of bitcoin trading platform BTC.ee, Otto de Voogd, was ordered by the Financial Intelligence...
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EU Ministers Jittery over Bitcoin After Paris Attacks

European Union member states plan to "crackdown" on digital currencies, anonymous payments and pre-paid cards in effort to combat terrorism financing in the wake of the Paris attacks, according to a draft memo shown to Reuters. EU justice and interior ministers are holding a crisis meeting in Brussels today, arranged in...
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New Cryptocurrency Rules Discussed by Japan’s Financial Services Agency

On Monday, the Japanese Financial Services Agency panel decided that Japan needed to improve its oversight mechanism for cryptocurrencies. Back in June, the Japanese government started to consider new regulations to combat the threat of virtual currencies being used for terrorist funding, money laundering and other illegal activities. Cryptocurrency exchange...
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US Blockchain Alliance Forms to Combat Criminality, Gets Mixed Reception among Bitcoiners

The Chamber of Digital Commerce and Coin Center have established a forum, called the Blockchain Alliance, to help combat criminal activity involving bitcoin and the blockchain. The organization is comprised of a coalition of companies and other institutions that have come together to address public safety concerns about digital currencies and the blockchain. Jason Weinstein,...
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Isle of Man Starts Digital Currency Biz Licensing by End Oct 2015

The government of the Isle of Man will begin issuing "Designated Business Licensing" for digital currency businesses by the end of October 2015, according to Merkletree.io. Various activities involving digital currencies, such as issuing, transmitting, transferring, providing custody or storage, administering, managing, lending, buying, selling, exchanging or trading, will require...
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OpenBazaar Accuses CNN of False Reporting on Europol Brief

Sam Patterson, a co-founder of Bitcoin marketplace OpenBazaar and its commercial unit OB1, accuses CNN of falsely covering a Europol report on cybercrime. In the October 2nd article, titled “Police: High-tech criminals have us outmatched and outgunned,” CNN Money reports Europol's findings that criminals are increasingly using the Bitcoin ecosystem as a means to transfer...
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