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The long-awaited FATF crypto guidance is not as bad as it could have been, but still flawed

After a half-year delay, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is back with crypto guidance. The good news is that it’s not as bad as last spring and even includes...

“Expansive” standards for surveillance threaten human autonomy—our message to FATF

Today Coin Center submitted a comment to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) about their recent draft guidance on virtual assets and virtual asset service providers (VASPs). Additionally, this morning...

A quick analysis of FATF’s 2021 draft cryptocurrency guidance

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has released an updated draft of its “Guidance for a Risk-based Approach to Virtual Assets and Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs).” Several proposed changes...

Coin Center uses additional time provided by FinCEN to file another comment in ongoing surveillance rulemaking

Today we filed our third comment in FinCEN’s “midnight” rulemaking. Thanks in large part to the efforts of the community and a massive outpouring of comment letters, we managed to...

Coin Center files second comment in FinCEN rulemaking challenging its authority to make the surveillance rule

Today is the final day to file a comment in FinCEN’s midnight rulemaking. If that gives you a twinge of deja vu, it should. January 4th was originally listed as...

Congress warns Treasury on unusually short cryptocurrency short rulemaking

Closing 2020 out with a bang, a bipartisan group of members of Congress joined in the chorus of protests to the process by which the Department of Treasury is seeking...

Join us in responding to an unfair and discriminatory midnight rulemaking

Today we are publishing our comment in Treasury’s midnight reporting and recordkeeping rulemaking. We’ve worked diligently to have this comment ready as soon as possible so that it can hopefully...

A Midnight Rule for Cryptocurrency Transaction Reports

Over the last year we’ve watched as Switzerland, Singapore, and the Netherlands have taken a technology-specific approach to regulating transactions involving so-called “unhosted” wallets. We’ve seen the Financial Action Task...

Are regulators poised to demand cryptocurrency address whitelisting? Probably not.

Rumors are circulating that regulators will soon require exchanges to only allow cryptocurrency withdrawals to “whitelisted” addresses or, worse, that withdrawals to unhosted wallets won’t be allowed at all. These...

The ideal regulatory environment for Bitcoin

We’re often asked what our ideal regulatory environment would be for Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies like it. A few years ago, in a regulatory submission to the Indian Ministry of Finance,...

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