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The US Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) isn’t the only global regulator looking to crack down on crypto. While Europe’s announcements have gone under the radar slightly, several recent messages show in no unclear terms that cryptocurrencies will fall under the same types of regulation as fiat currencies.
On 20 July 2021, the European Commission presented proposals that aim to strengthen the EU’s anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) rules. One of the proposals makes specific mention of the ability to trace transfers of crypto assets. Currently, only some categories of crypto-asset service providers fall within the scope of the EU’s AML and CFT rules. The proposed changes will require all service providers to conduct due diligence on their customers. The idea is that law and policymakers will have increased visibility on all crypto transactions and will be able to detect and prevent money laundering activities.
John Cusack, chair of the Global Coalition to Fight Financial Crime, says it is vital that money laundering protections encompass virtual currencies.
“The concern with virtual currencies is to ensure that protections are not avoided just because crypto is not money, even though it purports to have many of the same characteristics”.
“As such, crypto will be treated as if it is cash with those banking it, for example exchanges and wallet providers responsible for AML controls.”
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