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UAE Regulator Releases Proposed Rules for Crypto Industry
UAE Regulator Releases Proposed Rules for Crypto Industry
15 October 2019, 17:00
The UAE Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) published proposed rules for the crypto industry, seeking public comments before the end of October.
Spencer Dinwiddie to Proceed With STO With Or Without the NBA’s Blessing
Spencer Dinwiddie to Proceed With STO With Or Without the NBA’s Blessing
14 October 2019, 21:58
NBA star Spencer Dinwiddle has said he would conduct his planned STO either with or without the Association’s consent.
Anthony Pompliano – Using Bitcoin and Other Cryptos Could Change the Narrative for Libra
Anthony Pompliano – Using Bitcoin and Other Cryptos Could Change the Narrative for Libra
14 October 2019, 16:09
Anthony Pompliano believes that Facebook's Libra project could overcome existing regulatory hurdles by simply launching a wallet that supports Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
Libra the Target as G7 Cites Financial Instability Concerns with 'Global Stablecoins'
Libra the Target as G7 Cites Financial Instability Concerns with 'Global Stablecoins'
14 October 2019, 14:25

Facebook and its Libra project were the likely targets of a new report drafted by the G7 taskforce to highlight the risks that “global stablecoins” can pose to the global financial system if allowed to enter the scene.

Breaking! SEC Halts Telegram over $1.7 Gram Token Sales
Breaking! SEC Halts Telegram over $1.7 Gram Token Sales
11 October 2019, 21:45
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed an emergency action as well as obtained a temporary restraining order against Telegram Group Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, TON Issuer Inc.
Facebook’s Calibra Sued for Copying Startup’s Logo
Facebook’s Calibra Sued for Copying Startup’s Logo
11 October 2019, 21:12
Current, an app-based banking platform filed a civil complaint against Facebook for using a logo that is too similar to their’s for the planned Calibra wallet.
Swiss Crypto Association Signs MOU to Join IDAXA
Swiss Crypto Association Signs MOU to Join IDAXA
10 October 2019, 14:54
The Crypto Valley Association (CVA) of Switzerland announced it has joined the International Digital Asset Exchange Association (IDAXA).
Hopes Dashed as SEC Says No to Bitwise Bitcoin ETF
Hopes Dashed as SEC Says No to Bitwise Bitcoin ETF
10 October 2019, 04:07
The U.S SEC disapproved a Bitcoin ETF application by Bitwise Asset Management.
The IRS Finally Published Its First Crypto Tax Guidance Since 2014
The IRS Finally Published Its First Crypto Tax Guidance Since 2014
09 October 2019, 20:27
The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on October 9 published new guidance for crypto taxpayers.
DCG Study Finds Regulatory Uncertainty as ‘No 1 Enemy’ to Crypto Industry
DCG Study Finds Regulatory Uncertainty as ‘No 1 Enemy’ to Crypto Industry
08 October 2019, 20:08

Although regulators in several jurisdictions of the world have introduced some guidance for crypto industry participants since the start of the year, the lack of regulatory clarity remains a hurdle for the emerging industry, according to a new study by Digital Currency Group.

Crypto Donations ‘Legal’ for Politicians in Japan Says Minister Sanae Takaichi
Crypto Donations ‘Legal’ for Politicians in Japan Says Minister Sanae Takaichi
08 October 2019, 19:13
It is legal for individuals vying for political positions in Japan to receive public donations in cryptocurrencies according to the country’s internal affairs and communications minister Sanae Takaichi.
Valdis Dombrovskis Pledges to Provide Unified Crypto Rules in the EU
Valdis Dombrovskis Pledges to Provide Unified Crypto Rules in the EU
08 October 2019, 15:48
Valdis Dombrovokis has pledged to provide unified regulation on cryptocurrencies such as Facebook’s Libra.
World Federation of Exchanges Advises the FCA Against Crypto Derivatives Ban
World Federation of Exchanges Advises the FCA Against Crypto Derivatives Ban
08 October 2019, 01:21
The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) has advised the U.K Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) against a proposed move to ban the sale of crypto derivatives to retail investors.
Hong Kong Introduces New Rules for Crypto Fund Managers
Hong Kong Introduces New Rules for Crypto Fund Managers
07 October 2019, 15:17
The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has introduced a new regulatory framework to guide the activities of licensed corporations working as virtual asset (crypto) fund managers.
India: City Police Petitions Central Bank to Release $1.2M Seized Crypto Fund
India: City Police Petitions Central Bank to Release $1.2M Seized Crypto Fund
04 October 2019, 11:02
Pune Police authorities are asking the central bank to release proceeds that they realized from the sale of seized 244 BTC (appr $2 million) from a certain Akash Kantilal Sancheti.
Binance Partners With Coinfirm to Comply With FATF Rules
Binance Partners With Coinfirm to Comply With FATF Rules
03 October 2019, 21:12

Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange, Binance revealed in an announcement today that it has partnered with Coinfirm, an international regulation technology company, to ensure that the business remains compliant with newly introduced rules for crypto companies by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

6 Japanese Brokerage Firms Form New STO Association in Tokyo
6 Japanese Brokerage Firms Form New STO Association in Tokyo
01 October 2019, 14:23
Six brokerage firms in Japan have formed the country's Security Token Offering (STO) Association to self-regulate the emerging industry.
Crypto Firm Longfin Corp to Settle SEC Penalties for $6.8M
Crypto Firm Longfin Corp to Settle SEC Penalties for $6.8M
01 October 2019, 08:49
Longfin Corp will pay near $6.8 million to settle a lawsuit filed against it by the U.S SEC.
EOS Maker Fined $24M by SEC for $4 Billion Unregistered ICO
EOS Maker Fined $24M by SEC for $4 Billion Unregistered ICO
01 October 2019, 06:39
Block.one the company behind the EOS blockchain project has settled charges with the SEC for $26 million.
Uzbekistan Could Raise Energy Prices for Crypto Miners By 3X
Uzbekistan Could Raise Energy Prices for Crypto Miners By 3X
30 September 2019, 17:54
The Ministry of Energy is Uzbekistan wants to raise energy prices for cryptocurrencies miners to three times its current value.
XRP Labeled Likely ‘Security’ By New Industry-Made Rating System
XRP Labeled Likely ‘Security’ By New Industry-Made Rating System
30 September 2019, 12:52
A new rating published by the newly formed Crypto Rating Council labels the XRP cryptocurrency as likely ‘security’ with a 4/5 rating.
Ukraine to Officially Legalize Cryptocurrencies
Ukraine to Officially Legalize Cryptocurrencies
28 September 2019, 21:49
Ukraine will soon legalize cryptocurrencies in a bid to collect taxes from participants in the emerging industry.
NBA Wouldn’t Let Nets Player Spencer Dinwiddie Tokenize His $34.4M Contract
NBA Wouldn’t Let Nets Player Spencer Dinwiddie Tokenize His $34.4M Contract
28 September 2019, 20:10

An announced move by Brooklyn Nets player Spencer Dinwiddie to tokenize his $34.4 million contract with the club and allow investors to buy into it, will not be approved according to the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Kik CEO Vows to Fight SEC ‘Until No Dollar is Left’
Kik CEO Vows to Fight SEC ‘Until No Dollar is Left’
26 September 2019, 12:05
Kik Interactive CEO, Ted Livingston has reportedly vowed to drive his company into bankruptcy if need be, in the ongoing legal battle with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
SEC Institutes Proceedings for the Wilshire Phoenix Bitcoin ETF Proposal
SEC Institutes Proceedings for the Wilshire Phoenix Bitcoin ETF Proposal
24 September 2019, 19:54
The US SEC has instituted proceedings to decide whether or not to approve a proposed rule change by Wilshire Phoenix to list and trade shares of their Bitcoin and Treasury Investment Trust on NYSE Arca.
SEC Charges Founder of $63,000 Fake Adult Site ICO
SEC Charges Founder of $63,000 Fake Adult Site ICO
24 September 2019, 08:28

The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has added Fantasy Market founder, Jonathan Lucas to its list of crypto-related crime offenders, according to a press release published Monday.

Kik Messaging App to Shutdown as SEC Lawsuit Takes Its Toll
Kik Messaging App to Shutdown as SEC Lawsuit Takes Its Toll
24 September 2019, 06:33
The Kik messaging app will discontinue following Kik Interactive's ongoing lawsuit with the U.S SEC.
Anti-BitLicense Lawsuit in NY Moves to Highest Court
Anti-BitLicense Lawsuit in NY Moves to Highest Court
23 September 2019, 09:44
Get an overview of the lawsuit by Theo Chino to abolish the BitLicense requirement stipulated by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS).
The Plan Is Still to Launch Libra in 2020 ⁠— David Marcus
The Plan Is Still to Launch Libra in 2020 ⁠— David Marcus
20 September 2019, 20:12
Facebook's David Marcus has said that “the goal is still to launch Libra next year" despite the ongoing tussle with regulators.
Bitwise Resolute on Bitcoin ETF Despite Slim Chance in 2019
Bitwise Resolute on Bitcoin ETF Despite Slim Chance in 2019
20 September 2019, 16:05
Bitwise has pledged to continue fighting for the Bitcoin ETF cause irrespective of what the SEC decides on October 13.
Ripple Snubs ‘Security’ Claims In Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit
Ripple Snubs ‘Security’ Claims In Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit
20 September 2019, 08:38
Ripple has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit claiming that its sale of XRP tokens was a violation of California and federal securities law.
SEC Sues ICOBox for $14.6M ICO and $650M Fundraise For Others
SEC Sues ICOBox for $14.6M ICO and $650M Fundraise For Others
18 September 2019, 22:40
The U.S SEC has sued ICOBox for its ICO in 2017 and helping other startups raise money by serving as an unregistered broker.
Turkey Wants to Create a National Blockchain Infrastructure
Turkey Wants to Create a National Blockchain Infrastructure
18 September 2019, 22:03
Turkey plans to become one of the world’s first country to use blockchain for public administrative services.
Germany’s New Blockchain Policy Welcomes Digital Securities
Germany’s New Blockchain Policy Welcomes Digital Securities
18 September 2019, 18:27

Having observed the development of blockchain technology from the sidelines for a couple of years, Germany is swiftly moving to assert its position in the industry and has launched a national policy in that regard.

Former Coinbase VP Now Heads CFTC’s Bitcoin Futures Division
Former Coinbase VP Now Heads CFTC’s Bitcoin Futures Division
17 September 2019, 18:26
Dorothy DeWitt has joined the U.S Commodity Futures and Trading Commission (CFTC) as the Director of the Division of Market Oversight (DMO).
Liechtenstein’s FMA Approves Neufund’s STO Platform for Retail Investors
Liechtenstein’s FMA Approves Neufund’s STO Platform for Retail Investors
16 September 2019, 15:46
Neufund has received approval from the Financial Monetary Authority in Liechtenstein to operate their STO platform.
Privacy Coins Monero, ZCash and Co. in Trouble As OKEx Korea Delists
Privacy Coins Monero, ZCash and Co. in Trouble As OKEx Korea Delists
16 September 2019, 09:08
OKEx Korea will soon end support for Monero (XMR), Dash (DASH), Zcash (ZEC), Horizen (ZEN) and Super Bitcoin (SBTC), because of new FATF rules.
Hello IRS? France Wants to Tax Only Crypto-to-Fiat Trades
Hello IRS? France Wants to Tax Only Crypto-to-Fiat Trades
12 September 2019, 21:44
France will only tax gains on cryptocurrency trades when a trader decides to convert the earnings to fiat currency or use it to fund a purchase.
Jay Clayton Reports ‘Progress’ is Being Made on Bitcoin ETFs
Jay Clayton Reports ‘Progress’ is Being Made on Bitcoin ETFs
10 September 2019, 07:14
Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC), Jay Clayton has reported that progress is being made on the path to approving the first Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF).
Nigeria Appoints Committee to Work on Crypto Regulation
Nigeria Appoints Committee to Work on Crypto Regulation
09 September 2019, 20:07
The Nigerian SEC appointed a committee to create regulations for crypto companies in the country.
Crypto Regulations in America are ‘Half-measures and Misguided’ — Harold J. Ford
Crypto Regulations in America are ‘Half-measures and Misguided’ — Harold J. Ford
09 September 2019, 19:18
Harold J. Ford, a former Congressman representing Tennessee’s 9th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, has called on regulators to provide clear regulations for crypto startups in the country.
Burundi Says No to Crypto! Bans All Forms of Trading
Burundi Says No to Crypto! Bans All Forms of Trading
04 September 2019, 20:49
Burundi has ruled that it is illegal to trade Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency within its shores.
Dutch Central Bank to Regulate Local and Foreign Crypto Exchanges
Dutch Central Bank to Regulate Local and Foreign Crypto Exchanges
04 September 2019, 19:13
Cryptocurrency exchanges that offer conversion of crypto to fiat currencies or crypto deposit services to users in the Netherlands must register with the De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) after January 10, 2020.
VanEck, SolidX Plans Bitcoin ETF-like Product Under SEC Rule
VanEck, SolidX Plans Bitcoin ETF-like Product Under SEC Rule
03 September 2019, 16:21
VanEck and SolidX plan to launch on Thursday, a new Bitcoin-ETF like product targeting institutional investors who want exposure to Bitcoin.
FIN Wants U.S Congress to Strongly Regulate Crypto Under Banking Act
FIN Wants U.S Congress to Strongly Regulate Crypto Under Banking Act
03 September 2019, 03:17
The Financial Integrity Network (FIN) wants stronger regulation for the use of cryptocurrencies in the U.S according to a testimony submitted to Congress by its VP for product development, David Murray.
Fake HitBTC Customer Service Charged for $233,220 Bitcoin Theft
Fake HitBTC Customer Service Charged for $233,220 Bitcoin Theft
23 August 2019, 18:57
Karanjit Singh Khatkar and Jagroop Singh Khatkar allegedly posed themselves as customer service representatives of cryptocurrency exchange, HitBTC and stole BTC holdings worth of $233,220
Andrew Yang Wants Blockchain-based Voting for the U.S
Andrew Yang Wants Blockchain-based Voting for the U.S
22 August 2019, 13:44
U.S Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang has promised to pilot blockchain-based voting if elected at the 2020 polls.
OFAC Sanctions BTC and LTC Addresses of Chinese Drug Lords
OFAC Sanctions BTC and LTC Addresses of Chinese Drug Lords
21 August 2019, 19:56
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the U.S Treasury sanctioned Bitcoin and Litecoin Wallet addresses belonging to Xiaobing Yan, Fujing Zheng, and Guanghua Zheng.
ICO Rating Service Settles SEC Charges for $268,998
ICO Rating Service Settles SEC Charges for $268,998
21 August 2019, 17:36
Popular rating website, ICO rating settle charges with the U.S SEC for not disclosing payment it received to promote certain projects on its website.
It Took Bitcoin Only 10 Years to Get to G7 — Anthony Pompliano
It Took Bitcoin Only 10 Years to Get to G7 — Anthony Pompliano
20 August 2019, 20:48
It took Bitcoin less than a decade to go from the fringes of the internet to a subject of debate at the upcoming G7 2019 meeting in France
Mike Pompeo Says Anonymous Crypto Decreases Global Security
Mike Pompeo Says Anonymous Crypto Decreases Global Security
20 August 2019, 18:55
U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to CNBC about the emergence of cryptocurrencies as a tool for bad actors.
Veritaseum ICO — SEC is Hurting Investors They Claim to Protect
Veritaseum ICO — SEC is Hurting Investors They Claim to Protect
20 August 2019, 17:32
Reggie Middleton, and his company, Veritaseum has issued a legal response to the SEC's securities and fraud law violation allegations.
BitMEX Blocks 3 Countries; Says it Welcomes Crypto Regulation
BitMEX Blocks 3 Countries; Says it Welcomes Crypto Regulation
19 August 2019, 20:57
BitMEX will no longer allow access to users from Seychelles, Hong Kong and Bermuda
Singapore Crypto Association Rolls Out New Code of Practice
Singapore Crypto Association Rolls Out New Code of Practice
19 August 2019, 14:17
The Association of Cryptocurrency Enterprises and Start-ups, Singapore (ACCESS) introduced a new code of practice.
Australia Tax Office Warns Against 90% Crypto Retirement Accounts
Australia Tax Office Warns Against 90% Crypto Retirement Accounts
16 August 2019, 14:19
The Australian Tax Office sent letters to warn 18,000 Self Managed Super Funds (SMSFs) in the country against investing more than 90% of their assets in cryptocurrencies.
SEC No-Action Letter for Pocketful of Quarters Took Almost One Year — Lewis Cohen
SEC No-Action Letter for Pocketful of Quarters Took Almost One Year — Lewis Cohen
16 August 2019, 06:17
Lewis Cohen revealed that it took almost one year to secure the SEC no-action letter for Pocketful of Quarters.
Roel Wolfert Hails ‘Huge Potential’ In STOs
Roel Wolfert Hails ‘Huge Potential’ In STOs
14 August 2019, 18:18
Former VISA Executive Roel Wolfert said precisely in a recent interview that security token offerings (STOs) have 'huge potential.'
Court Allows SEC to Freeze $8 Million Assets From Veritaseum ICO
Court Allows SEC to Freeze $8 Million Assets From Veritaseum ICO
14 August 2019, 05:55
The SEC froze $8 million worth of assets belonging to Reginald “Reggie” Middleton and two companies he owns, Veritaseum, Inc. and Veritaseum, LLC.
Fresh Woe for Ripple? New XRP ‘Security’ Filing Cites SEC Guidance
Fresh Woe for Ripple? New XRP ‘Security’ Filing Cites SEC Guidance
13 August 2019, 15:54
Ripple Labs Inc, is facing a lawsuit filed by Lead Plaintiff, Bradley Sostack who claimed he lost money by investing in XRP. He quoted the SEC's guidance on crypto tokens.
Coinbase UK to Delist ZCash; Developer Says Not For Regulatory Reasons
Coinbase UK to Delist ZCash; Developer Says Not For Regulatory Reasons
12 August 2019, 16:48
Coinbase UK is ending support for ZCash (ZCash) but not for regulatory reasons according to lead developer, Electric Coin Company.
New Zealand Legalizes Use of Crypto for Salaries
New Zealand Legalizes Use of Crypto for Salaries
12 August 2019, 16:01
In New Zealand, it is now legal to pay employee salary using cryptocurrencies according to a new ruling by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD)
Czech Republic Plans Tougher Crypto Rules Than Rest of EU
Czech Republic Plans Tougher Crypto Rules Than Rest of EU
08 August 2019, 18:05
The Czech Republic wants to enforce stricter rules on cryptocurrency platforms. These rules will go beyond the European Union (EU)’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD5).
Malta to Become ‘Epicenter’ for Security Token Financing
Malta to Become ‘Epicenter’ for Security Token Financing
06 August 2019, 20:31
Malta is looking to take the lead in the security tokenization industry according to Malta Stock Exchange Chairman, Joseph Portelli.
Iran Will Not Recognize Crypto-Related Transactions
Iran Will Not Recognize Crypto-Related Transactions
05 August 2019, 21:10
Iran has introduced a new bill stating that cryptocurrency-related transactions are not legal.
Thailand to Combat Illicit Use of Digital Currencies
Thailand to Combat Illicit Use of Digital Currencies
05 August 2019, 13:59
Thailand will amend its anti-money laundering laws (AML) laws to act criminals using cryptocurrency.
Hester Peirce Says Crypto Regulatory Competition is Healthy
Hester Peirce Says Crypto Regulatory Competition is Healthy
02 August 2019, 14:02
SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce spoke favorably about the diverse regulations by different jurisdictions around the world to govern the emerging cryptocurrency industry.
TokenSoft Officially Rolls Out Know-Your-Business Checks
TokenSoft Officially Rolls Out Know-Your-Business Checks
02 August 2019, 06:22
Securities tokenization company, TokenSoft has updated its platform to include know-your-business (KYB) checks services.
Craig Wright to Pay $73,000 in Legal Fees for Losing Vs. Roger Ver
Craig Wright to Pay $73,000 in Legal Fees for Losing Vs. Roger Ver
01 August 2019, 16:07
U.K High Court Judge Sir Matthew Nicklin ruled that Craig Wright would payback $73,000 in legal fees after his libel lawsuit against Roger Ver was thrown out of court.
LedgerX Pips Bakkt to First U.S Physical Bitcoin Futures
LedgerX Pips Bakkt to First U.S Physical Bitcoin Futures
31 July 2019, 18:21
LedgerX has now launched the first U.S regulated physically delivered Bitcoin futures contracts.
Jeremy Allaire Calls for Unified U.S Crypto Regulation
Jeremy Allaire Calls for Unified U.S Crypto Regulation
30 July 2019, 19:16
Jeremy Allaire asked the U.S Congress to adopt national policies that define and establish digital assets as a new asset class including appropriate rules and exemptions.
Why Banning Crypto in India is Not The Best Approach — Nasscom
Why Banning Crypto in India is Not The Best Approach — Nasscom
30 July 2019, 14:06
What does India stand to lose by banning cryptocurrencies? Nasscom says the disadvantages of doing so would outweigh any potential gains.
Ripple Writes U.S Congress Over Crypto Regulatory Concerns
Ripple Writes U.S Congress Over Crypto Regulatory Concerns
29 July 2019, 08:27
Ripple CEO, Brad Garlinghouse and co-founder Chris Larsen wrote an open letter to U.S Congress on Sunday, July 29 over regulatory concerns facing crypto startups in the country.
CoinLaunch Fined $39,500 Over Non-Registration With OSC
CoinLaunch Fined $39,500 Over Non-Registration With OSC
29 July 2019, 05:48
The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) settled charges with CoinLaunch, a company that helped crypto startups to execute token offerings.
U.S IRS Warns Crypto Holders to Pay Up Taxes
U.S IRS Warns Crypto Holders to Pay Up Taxes
26 July 2019, 22:03
The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sent letters to crypto holders requiring that these people pay any taxes they owe or file amended tax returns related to their crypto investments.
Abra App Limits Service to U.S Users Over Regulatory Issues
Abra App Limits Service to U.S Users Over Regulatory Issues
26 July 2019, 15:00
An overview of changes users can expect on the Abra App from August 29, 2019.
U.S SEC Clears Quarters Token Distribution as ‘Non-Security’
U.S SEC Clears Quarters Token Distribution as ‘Non-Security’
26 July 2019, 07:22
The United States Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) on July 25 cleared Pocketful of Quarters (PoQ) to issue blockchain-based tokens without registration.
German Crypto Firms Must Hold BaFin License From 2020
German Crypto Firms Must Hold BaFin License From 2020
24 July 2019, 17:51
German crypto firms would soon be required to hold a BaFin license if they must operate in the country.
Fundament Gets Regulatory Approval for €250 Million Token Offering
Fundament Gets Regulatory Approval for €250 Million Token Offering
23 July 2019, 17:21
Germany's primary financial markets regulator, BaFin authorized blockchain startup, Fundament Group to issue a tokenized real-estate backed bond worth 250 million euros ($280 million).
Mining Cryptocurrencies is Now Legal in Iran!
Mining Cryptocurrencies is Now Legal in Iran!
23 July 2019, 08:47
The Iranian government’s economic commission has legalized cryptocurrency mining activities in the country.
Bye USA! Circle Takes 70% of Poloniex Operations Offshore
Bye USA! Circle Takes 70% of Poloniex Operations Offshore
23 July 2019, 07:45
Poloniex exchange will move its operations to Bermuda to continue their global expansion plans.
Malta Releases Consultation Paper on STOs
Malta Releases Consultation Paper on STOs
22 July 2019, 17:26
An overview of Malta's recently released consultation paper on security token offerings (STOs).
FINRA Extends Deadline for Crypto Activity Reporting
FINRA Extends Deadline for Crypto Activity Reporting
22 July 2019, 14:55
FINRA members now have until July 31, 2020, to report activities related to digital assets.
Pocketinns Charged for $410,000 ICO in 2018
Pocketinns Charged for $410,000 ICO in 2018
19 July 2019, 15:55
The New Jersey Bureau of Securities filed a lawsuit against Pocketinns and its President Sarvajnya G. Mada for a $410,000 ICO conducted in early 2018
Japan Is Developing a Global Crypto Payments Network
Japan Is Developing a Global Crypto Payments Network
18 July 2019, 18:18
The Japanese government is leading the development of a global network that will handle cryptocurrency payments.
Mnuchin — U.S Will Ensure ‘Very Very Strong’ Crypto Regulation
Mnuchin — U.S Will Ensure ‘Very Very Strong’ Crypto Regulation
18 July 2019, 14:35
U.S Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says the U.S would police cryptocurrencies with “very, very strong” regulations so that they don’t become cloaked in secrecy.
Tim Draper Slams India’s Bitcoin Ban Over Unconfirmed Reports
Tim Draper Slams India’s Bitcoin Ban Over Unconfirmed Reports
17 July 2019, 19:47
Tim Draper claimed that India has banned Bitcoin when official reports suggest otherwise.
Senators Skeptical As Facebook’s Libra Hearing Gets Adjourned
Senators Skeptical As Facebook’s Libra Hearing Gets Adjourned
16 July 2019, 17:13
An overview of David Marcus's hearing before the U.S Senate Banking Committee concerning Libra.
France to Approve First ICOs and Crypto Firms Under New Rules
France to Approve First ICOs and Crypto Firms Under New Rules
16 July 2019, 15:14
The French Financial Markets Authority is set to license its first crypto firms and approve initial coin offerings (ICOs) seeking to raise funds from citizens.
Consumers Didn’t Ask Brazil to Regulate Crypto — Luiz Philippe
Consumers Didn’t Ask Brazil to Regulate Crypto — Luiz Philippe
16 July 2019, 08:02
Luiz Philippe de Orleans-Braganza has questioned Brazil's decision to regulate the crypto industry.
New York Regulators Grants Bitlicense to Seed CX
New York Regulators Grants Bitlicense to Seed CX
15 July 2019, 17:19
The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) granted Bitlicenses to Seed Digital Commodities Market LLC (SCXM), and Zero Hash LLC.
Libra Target? U.S Lawmakers to Ban Big Tech Firms from Finance
Libra Target? U.S Lawmakers to Ban Big Tech Firms from Finance
15 July 2019, 10:55
U.S lawmakers reveal ploy to keep big tech firms like Facebook out of finance.
QuadrigaCX Lessons Learnt as Canada Makes Room for Crypto Exchanges
QuadrigaCX Lessons Learnt as Canada Makes Room for Crypto Exchanges
15 July 2019, 07:19
The QuadrigaCX situation shows why every country including Canada should legalize the crypto industry.
trueDigital Eyes CFTC Regulated Crypto Derivatives Exchange
trueDigital Eyes CFTC Regulated Crypto Derivatives Exchange
12 July 2019, 20:00
New York-based trueDigital plans to launch a CFTC regulated crypto derivatives exchange.
Spanish Police — Bitcoin ATMs Promotes Money Laundering
Spanish Police — Bitcoin ATMs Promotes Money Laundering
11 July 2019, 16:22
Does Bitcoin ATMs promote money laundering? The Spanish Police thinks so.
SEC Approves First Public Token Offering Under Reg A+
SEC Approves First Public Token Offering Under Reg A+
11 July 2019, 09:08
The United States Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) has approved an earlier application submitted by a blockchain-based startup, Blockstack to conduct a public token offering.
Libra ‘Cannot Go Ahead’ Until Facebook Satisfies Regulators
Libra ‘Cannot Go Ahead’ Until Facebook Satisfies Regulators
10 July 2019, 19:02
Jerome Powell, Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve Bank, has said that Facebook cannot go ahead with its Libra cryptocurrency until there is “broad satisfaction with the way the company has addressed money laundering.”
Tom Emmer Reintroduces Tax Bill on Hardforked Cryptos
Tom Emmer Reintroduces Tax Bill on Hardforked Cryptos
10 July 2019, 17:28
U.S Congressman, Tom Emmer has reintroduced the “Safe Harbor for Taxpayers with Forked Assets,” bill following what he described as inaction from the U.S Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Russia Postpones Adoption of Crypto Bill Until Consensus
Russia Postpones Adoption of Crypto Bill Until Consensus
09 July 2019, 18:07

The Russian Parliament, State Duma, will likely postpone until autumn session the adoption of its proposed bill “On Digital Financial Assets” (DFA) according to a report by local news agency, TASS.

Crypto Regulation Can Help Post-Brexit UK— Nigel Green
Crypto Regulation Can Help Post-Brexit UK— Nigel Green
09 July 2019, 14:34
According to Nigel Green, the U.K can boost its financial services industry after Brexit by embracing the cryptocurrency market and providing regulatory friendly rules for participants.
SEC Releases Guidance on Digital Asset Custody
SEC Releases Guidance on Digital Asset Custody
09 July 2019, 09:54
The United States Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) in conjunction with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released a notice regarding broker-dealer custody of digital asset securities.
India to Train Police on How to Catch Crypto Fraudsters
India to Train Police on How to Catch Crypto Fraudsters
08 July 2019, 17:58
The Ministry of Home Affairs India has announced a 2-day course to train police officials on detecting illegal crypto activity.
Singapore Plans to Stop GST Tax on Crypto Transactions
Singapore Plans to Stop GST Tax on Crypto Transactions
08 July 2019, 07:00
The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) plans to introduce new tax laws to govern cryptocurrency transactions.
Lawyer Says Craig Wright Presented False Documents for Court Defense
Lawyer Says Craig Wright Presented False Documents for Court Defense
05 July 2019, 07:26
Craig Wright claims that the deed was signed on October 23, 2012, even though the Calibri font used itself was only copyrighted in 2015
Maduro Orders Banco de Venezuela to Start Accepting Petro
Maduro Orders Banco de Venezuela to Start Accepting Petro
04 July 2019, 21:20
Nicolas Maduro, the President of Venezuela, has ordered the country’s leading bank, Banco de Venezuela to start accepting the national cryptocurrency, Petro.
CipherTrace Plans Solution to FATF Rules for Crypto Platforms
CipherTrace Plans Solution to FATF Rules for Crypto Platforms
03 July 2019, 19:32
CipherTrace and Shyft plan to help crypto platforms become FATF regulatory compliant.
U.S Congress Officially Tells Facebook to Stop Libra
U.S Congress Officially Tells Facebook to Stop Libra
03 July 2019, 05:35
The United States Congress sent an official letter to Facebook Inc., demanding that the company stops the development of its planned Libra cryptocurrency and native wallet, Calibra.
The United Kingdom Wants to Ban Crypto Derivatives for Retail Investors
The United Kingdom Wants to Ban Crypto Derivatives for Retail Investors
02 July 2019, 18:45
The United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is contemplating a potential ban on the offering of crypto derivatives to retail investors,
Wopke Hoekstra Calls for New AML Directives Including Crypto
Wopke Hoekstra Calls for New AML Directives Including Crypto
01 July 2019, 19:30
Finance Minister, Wopke Hoekstra has suggested the adoption of new measures to combat money laundering using cryptocurrencies.
G20 Leaders Approve Proposed FATF Crypto Rules
G20 Leaders Approve Proposed FATF Crypto Rules
01 July 2019, 17:45
G20 member nations have put a final seal on the Interpretive Note and Guidance released by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), to govern the use of cryptocurrencies and exchanges.
Shinhan Bank Doubles Down on Monitoring Crypto-related Accounts
Shinhan Bank Doubles Down on Monitoring Crypto-related Accounts
01 July 2019, 15:49
Shinhan Bank South Korea has revealed it will increase efforts to monitor the account of customers whose transaction records show a link to the use of cryptocurrencies.
MoU Signed To Foster Crypto Industry Collaboration At V20 Summit
MoU Signed To Foster Crypto Industry Collaboration At V20 Summit
29 June 2019, 09:06
A group of key national trade associations representing Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish an association to provide a global unified voice for the virtual asset industry.
U.S Blockchain Association Takes Over KIK’s Defend Crypto Fund
U.S Blockchain Association Takes Over KIK’s Defend Crypto Fund
28 June 2019, 16:48
The U.S Blockchain Association (USBA) will now manage the residual $2 million fund which KIK raised from the crypto community to take the U.S Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) to court
Uganda Warns Citizens Against Using Crypto Platforms
Uganda Warns Citizens Against Using Crypto Platforms
28 June 2019, 10:48
Dr. Louis Kasekende the Deputy Governor at the Bank of Uganda recently warned citizens against the use of crypto platforms at the at a Town Hall Meeting held in Masaka.
Regulatory Uncertainty Forces Koinex India to Shut Down
Regulatory Uncertainty Forces Koinex India to Shut Down
27 June 2019, 11:19
Koinex Exchange India would cease all trading activities on June 27, while users would have until July 15 to take their funds off the exchange.
Europol Arrests 6 People Behind $27 Million Crypto Theft
Europol Arrests 6 People Behind $27 Million Crypto Theft
26 June 2019, 16:28

Europol said in a Wednesday press release that it has finally arrested six people (five men and one woman) alleged to be behind a €24 million (appr. $27 million) cryptocurrency theft.

Abkhazia to Reverse Ban on Crypto Mining With New Bill
Abkhazia to Reverse Ban on Crypto Mining With New Bill
25 June 2019, 20:09
The government of Abkhazia looks all set to revoke an earlier ban on crypto mining.
LedgerX Receives CFTC Approval to Offer Physical Bitcoin Futures
LedgerX Receives CFTC Approval to Offer Physical Bitcoin Futures
25 June 2019, 17:19
The United States Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has approved an application by Bitcoin Futures startup, LedgerX to exist as a contract market.
Could JPM Coin be Stuck in a Regulatory Web?
Could JPM Coin be Stuck in a Regulatory Web?
25 June 2019, 11:07
Why has JP Morgan not officially rolled out JPM Coin? It appears the banking giant has regulatory issues to settle.
Crypto Platforms to Hold Summit Over Proposed FATF Rules
Crypto Platforms to Hold Summit Over Proposed FATF Rules
24 June 2019, 15:21
As G20 member nations meet in Osaka Japan, on June 28 and 29 to place a rubber stamp on the stringent crypto rules proposed by the FATF, crypto industry participants (V20) will hold a parallel meeting to try to renegotiate the requirements.
BIS Thinks Facebook’s Libra and Tech Companies Could Hurt Banks
BIS Thinks Facebook’s Libra and Tech Companies Could Hurt Banks
24 June 2019, 08:08
Bank for International Settlements released a report on how the entrance of big tech companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Alibaba could potentially hurt banks and cause global financial instability.
Eli and Assaf Gigi Arrested for Crypto Theft, $72m Bitfinex Hack
Eli and Assaf Gigi Arrested for Crypto Theft, $72m Bitfinex Hack
24 June 2019, 06:42
Israeli authorities arrested two brothers Eli and Assaf Gigi for using various schemes to steal cryptocurrencies from their victims.
An Overview of FATF’s Guidance For Crypto Platforms
An Overview of FATF’s Guidance For Crypto Platforms
21 June 2019, 21:23
An overview of the 2019 FATF Guidance of Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs)
Bitmain Planning U.S IPO Application Next Month
Bitmain Planning U.S IPO Application Next Month
21 June 2019, 15:00
Bitmain would within the next month apply for an IPO to hold on a U.S exchange according to Bloomberg sources.
Australia’s Central Bank Claims Crypto Adoption Still Far Away
Australia’s Central Bank Claims Crypto Adoption Still Far Away
20 June 2019, 19:37
The article titled ‒ Cryptocurrency: Ten Years On ‒ sought to provide insight regarding the emergence of cryptocurrencies and the proposition that these new payment tools would eventually overtake fiat currencies including the Australian Dollar (AUD).
Japan to Approve LINE’s Crypto Exchange for 80 Million Users
Japan to Approve LINE’s Crypto Exchange for 80 Million Users
20 June 2019, 08:11
Japanese messaging giant, LINE, is now closer than ever to its plan to launch a new cryptocurrency exchange that will serve the country’s populace.
Brazil Mandates Crypto Exchanges to Share User Data
Brazil Mandates Crypto Exchanges to Share User Data
20 June 2019, 05:28
The Department of Federal Revenue of Brazil (RFB) introduced new regulations for cryptocurrency exchanges and trading platforms to report information regarding how users transact cryptocurrency using their services.
YouNow Files With SEC for $24 Million Token Distribution
YouNow Files With SEC for $24 Million Token Distribution
20 June 2019, 04:18
The blockchain-based video platform, YouNow has filed a Reg-A+ offering circular for its Props token with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Facebook Spoke to the U.S Fed Before Unveiling Libra
Facebook Spoke to the U.S Fed Before Unveiling Libra
19 June 2019, 21:07
Jerome Powell, Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve confirmed that Facebook met with the agency before releasing Libra.
Another? Bancor DEX to Geo-Block U.S Users
Another? Bancor DEX to Geo-Block U.S Users
19 June 2019, 20:14
Cryptocurrency DEX, Bancor, has confirmed in an update that after July 8, it will no longer allow "US citizens, domiciliaries or users from US IPs" to access its application.
CFTC Sues Benjamin Reynolds For $147 Million Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme
CFTC Sues Benjamin Reynolds For $147 Million Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme
18 June 2019, 21:52
The United States Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced civil enforcement action against a U.K resident Benjamin Reynolds and his business, Control-Finance Limited.
Facebook Officially Announces Regulated Libra Currency
Facebook Officially Announces Regulated Libra Currency
18 June 2019, 11:24
Facebook has officially revealed that it is in partnership with 27 other organizations working on the invention of a new cryptocurrency that will be called Libra.
Brazillian Court Upholds Decision Against Santander Bank Vs. Mercado Bitcoin
Brazillian Court Upholds Decision Against Santander Bank Vs. Mercado Bitcoin
17 June 2019, 21:22
Court upholds decision ordering Santander bank to return funds belonging to Mercado Bitcoin.
Bithumb and co. Will Pay Users If Hackers Steal From Them
Bithumb and co. Will Pay Users If Hackers Steal From Them
17 June 2019, 18:06
Five South Korean crypto exchanges including Bithumb would pay back users if hackers attack their platform.
U.K FCA Flags Fake Goldman Sachs and Swiss Investments
U.K FCA Flags Fake Goldman Sachs and Swiss Investments
14 June 2019, 18:19
The United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) today flagged two clone companies claiming to be Goldman Sachs and Swiss Investments
Europol’s New Video Game to Train Officers on Crypto Investigation
Europol’s New Video Game to Train Officers on Crypto Investigation
14 June 2019, 17:21

The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, popularly known as Europol revealed at the closure of its Sixth Cryptocurrency Meeting today that it is working on a new video game.

Behind the Move — Binance US & Users Losing Access to Binance.com
Behind the Move — Binance US & Users Losing Access to Binance.com
14 June 2019, 10:18

Leading cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, announced today, the upcoming launch of its new subsidiary, Binance US.

Korea Blockchain Association Appoints Oh Gap-soo as Chairman
Korea Blockchain Association Appoints Oh Gap-soo as Chairman
13 June 2019, 13:12
he Korea Blockchain Association (KRA)has appointed as chairman, Oh Gap-soo, 70, former deputy of the Korea Financial Supervisory Service (FSS).
Kyung Soo Kim Fined by FINRA for Unreported Crypto Mining
Kyung Soo Kim Fined by FINRA for Unreported Crypto Mining
13 June 2019, 11:37
The U.S Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has according to a letter of settlement released earlier this week, fined and suspended, Kyung Soo Kim, an investment advisor for U.S based firm, Merrill Lynch
FATF to Apply Banking Rules to Crypto; What It Means For You?
FATF to Apply Banking Rules to Crypto; What It Means For You?
13 June 2019, 10:13
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a committee that defines anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CFT) rules have set its eyes on the crypto industry. What does this mean for the ordinary crypto user?
Brazilian Officials Wants Government to Use Blockchain
Brazilian Officials Wants Government to Use Blockchain
12 June 2019, 21:03
The Brazilian Government will review a bill requiring the promotion of blockchain as well as other technologies for public administration processes in the country.
FATF to Release New Crypto Rules on June 21
FATF to Release New Crypto Rules on June 21
12 June 2019, 18:50
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plans to release a guidance note on crypto trading platforms later this month.
Philippines Central Bank Urges Caution With Cryptocurrencies
Philippines Central Bank Urges Caution With Cryptocurrencies
11 June 2019, 21:15
Benjamin Diokno, Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines), has reportedly warned citizens to be wary of the risks associated with investing in cryptocurrencies.
Is the U.K Going Overboard With Proposed AML/CFT Laws for Crypto?
Is the U.K Going Overboard With Proposed AML/CFT Laws for Crypto?
11 June 2019, 09:32
In the paper titled ‘“Transposition of the Fifth Money Laundering Directive,” Her Majesty’s Treasury disclosed its plans to broaden the EU’s guidelines for applying anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regulations to the crypto industry.
Haeri Wants Electricity Subsidy Removal for Iranian Crypto Miners
Haeri Wants Electricity Subsidy Removal for Iranian Crypto Miners
10 June 2019, 21:26

The cheap electricity prices in Iran attracts many crypto mining firms to the country despite the negative stance of the government towards such enterprises.

Malaysia Approves 3 Crypto Exchanges; Others Told to Shutdown
Malaysia Approves 3 Crypto Exchanges; Others Told to Shutdown
10 June 2019, 15:27
Securities Commission Malaysia (SCM) updated its list of Recognized Market Operators (RMOs) to include three crypto exchanges. Others told to cease operations immediately.
G20 Finance Ministers Reaffirm Support for Global Crypto Regulation
G20 Finance Ministers Reaffirm Support for Global Crypto Regulation
10 June 2019, 04:00
A communique signed by G20 finance ministers and central bank governors says that cryptocurrencies currently do not pose any threat to financial stability.
60 Cases of Crypto Tax Avoidance Under Investigation
60 Cases of Crypto Tax Avoidance Under Investigation
07 June 2019, 15:00
The J5, a group of tax regulators from Australia, the United States, the U.K., the Netherlands, and Canada reported progress in the war against people using cryptocurrency to evade taxes.
Jay Clayton — Custody and Market Manipulation Hinders Bitcoin ETF
Jay Clayton — Custody and Market Manipulation Hinders Bitcoin ETF
06 June 2019, 21:37
U.S SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has revealed the crypto market must satisfy custody features and market manipulation issues if it will ever get an ETF approval.
California — Public Accountants Wants Clarity on Crypto Holding Calc
California — Public Accountants Wants Clarity on Crypto Holding Calc
05 June 2019, 21:42

The growing public interest in the use of cryptocurrencies creates a need for public accountants to handle calculations regarding clients' digital assets.

EU to Malta —Tighten AML Rules for Growing Crypto Industry
EU to Malta —Tighten AML Rules for Growing Crypto Industry
05 June 2019, 20:41
The European Union (EU) has recommended areas that Malta can beef up efforts to track financial crimes related to cryptocurrency.
John De Mol Sues Facebook Over Fake Crypto Ads
John De Mol Sues Facebook Over Fake Crypto Ads
05 June 2019, 18:49
John De Mol filed a lawsuit with the Amsterdam District Court against Facebook, regarding a fake cryptocurrency ad they allowed to run on their platform.
U.S FBI Investigating QuadrigaCX Case
U.S FBI Investigating QuadrigaCX Case
04 June 2019, 21:02
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has opened investigations into the activities of now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange, QuadrigaCX.
SEC Officially Sues Kik for its $100 Million ICO in 2017
SEC Officially Sues Kik for its $100 Million ICO in 2017
04 June 2019, 19:11

The United States Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) has officially sued Canada-based messaging platform, Kik for its ICO in 2017 through which the company raised near $100 from token sales.

Regal Coin Promoter Divyesh Darji Declared Wanted in India
Regal Coin Promoter Divyesh Darji Declared Wanted in India
04 June 2019, 13:31

Authorities in India are reportedly in a hunt for Divyesh Darji, the alleged founder of the Regal Coin cryptocurrency that defrauded investors during the ICO boom in 2017.

Bits of Gold Sets Precedent With Legal Victory in Israel
Bits of Gold Sets Precedent With Legal Victory in Israel
04 June 2019, 09:56
Israeli Supreme Court made a final decision on a case involving Bits of Gold and Israeli Bank, Bank Leumi. The cryptocurrency exchange can now operate an account with the bank despite the nature of its business.
Is the Binance DEX Geo-Blocking Clearly a Regulatory Issue?
Is the Binance DEX Geo-Blocking Clearly a Regulatory Issue?
03 June 2019, 14:39

In case you missed it, the decentralized exchange subsidiary of leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance announced at the weekend that the platform would geo-block access to users from the United States as well as 28 other countries.

Facebook Meets With CFTC to Discuss GlobalCoin
Facebook Meets With CFTC to Discuss GlobalCoin
03 June 2019, 07:00
United States Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has held “very early stages of conversations” with Facebook regarding their proposed cryptocurrency, GlobalCoin.
Japan Officially Approves New Rules for Crypto Industry
Japan Officially Approves New Rules for Crypto Industry
31 May 2019, 20:25
Japan has amended its Payment Services Act and Financial Instruments and Exchange Act to include laws for the crypto industry.
IOSCO Attempts to Create Global Rules for Crypto Trading Platforms
IOSCO Attempts to Create Global Rules for Crypto Trading Platforms
31 May 2019, 17:49
The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has released recommendations for countries looking to regulate crypto-asset trading platforms.
FSB Urges Proactive Monitoring of Crypto-Assets Growth
FSB Urges Proactive Monitoring of Crypto-Assets Growth
31 May 2019, 12:56
The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has urged regulators in different countries to step up efforts in monitoring crypto assets and the possible challenges they can create in the future.
Australia Updates Guidance for ICOs and Crypto Firms
Australia Updates Guidance for ICOs and Crypto Firms
30 May 2019, 16:04

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) today announced the release of updated guidance for businesses involved in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrencies.

Sichuan Province to Investigate Illegal Bitcoin Mining Farms
Sichuan Province to Investigate Illegal Bitcoin Mining Farms
30 May 2019, 10:08
The Chinese province, Sichuan has opened an investigation into the operations of some illegal cryptocurrency mining farms situated within its terrain.
Russian Police Arrests Founder of Crypto Ponzi with 300+ Victims
Russian Police Arrests Founder of Crypto Ponzi with 300+ Victims
29 May 2019, 18:52
Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOI) closely worked with authorities in Kazakhstan to arrest the founder of a cryptocurrency-related Ponzi scheme that defrauded at least 300 investors.
Egypt to Ban Unlicensed Cryptocurrency Firms
Egypt to Ban Unlicensed Cryptocurrency Firms
28 May 2019, 17:40
The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) will soon ban cryptocurrency firms operating in the country without a license.
Kik Raise $5+ Million to Take U.S SEC to Court
Kik Raise $5+ Million to Take U.S SEC to Court
28 May 2019, 12:39
Kik Interactive plans to take the U.S Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) to court over its $100 Million ICO raise in 2017.
Malawi Warns Citizens Against Crypto Investments
Malawi Warns Citizens Against Crypto Investments
27 May 2019, 17:23
The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has warned citizens about the potential pitfalls of investing in cryptocurrency and related schemes
EU Needs Unified Crypto Regulation — ECB Report
EU Needs Unified Crypto Regulation — ECB Report
27 May 2019, 15:17
Researchers at the European Central Bank (ECB) recommends that the EU pursues a unified regulatory course for the cryptocurrency industry.
Montana Separates Utility Tokens From Security Tokens
Montana Separates Utility Tokens From Security Tokens
24 May 2019, 15:45
The U.S State of Montana provides legislation that separates cryptocurrencies that serve as utility tokens from those that serve as security tokens.
India Could Introduce Crypto Regulatory Bill in June
India Could Introduce Crypto Regulatory Bill in June
24 May 2019, 13:47
India's Parliament will during June’s Budget Session begin debates about a bill targeted towards the regulation of the use of cryptocurrencies in the country
Regulatory Compliance? LocalBitcoins Bans Iranian Users
Regulatory Compliance? LocalBitcoins Bans Iranian Users
24 May 2019, 10:55
Peer-to-peer cryptocurrency exchange, LocalBitcoins has disabled its page for Iranian users. What could be the reason?
European Authorities Shuts Down 27,000 BTC Crypto Mixer
European Authorities Shuts Down 27,000 BTC Crypto Mixer
23 May 2019, 10:27
The Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD), Europol and enforcement agencies in Luxembourg, has successfully shut down cryptocurrency mixing service provider, Bestmixer.io.
Is Bitcoin a Currency or an Asset? Israeli Court Rules Against Noam Copel
Is Bitcoin a Currency or an Asset? Israeli Court Rules Against Noam Copel
22 May 2019, 21:21
Noam Copel’s lawsuit against the ITA hinged on whether Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency or an asset with the warring parties taking up one side of the argument respectively.
Russia to Adopt Crypto Laws Before Spring Session Ends
Russia to Adopt Crypto Laws Before Spring Session Ends
22 May 2019, 20:32

Russia is already on the path to regulating the crypto industry following orders by the country’s President, and could finally fit in the last piece of the puzzle in a spring session according to Olga Skorobogatova, the first deputy chairman of the Bank of Russia.

Australian Govt. Worker Face Jail-term for Mining Crypto
Australian Govt. Worker Face Jail-term for Mining Crypto
21 May 2019, 21:27

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) confirmed in a May 21 press release that an unnamed 33-year-old man who formerly worked as an IT contractor for the government is set to appear before the Sydney Local Court today.

U.S SEC Halts $30 Million Argyle Coin as Ponzi
U.S SEC Halts $30 Million Argyle Coin as Ponzi
21 May 2019, 16:05
The United States Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) obtained a court order to halt the operations of Argyle Coin LLC because its owner is operating a $30 million Ponzi scheme.
Currency and Crypto Fraudsters Made $34 Million From U.K Residents
Currency and Crypto Fraudsters Made $34 Million From U.K Residents
21 May 2019, 09:39
Within the last financial year, the U.K Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) reports that victims lost £27 million ($34.2 million) to forex and crypto-related investment scams.
Mayweather And Dj Khaled Dismissed From ICO Case
Mayweather And Dj Khaled Dismissed From ICO Case
17 May 2019, 22:08
Prominent boxer, Floyd Mayweather and Artist, Dj Khaled will not come under further sanctions after a Federal court ruled that the men did not engage in the sale of unregistered securities as alleged by the plaintiff
Kraken Faults ‘Securities’ Section of Rules for Local Exchanges
Kraken Faults ‘Securities’ Section of Rules for Local Exchanges
17 May 2019, 20:00
Kraken says some sections of the proposed rules may end up forcing local exchanges to move offshore, instead of solving its primary purpose which is providing “regulatory clarity.”
An Overview of Proposed Crypto Rules in the Bahamas
An Overview of Proposed Crypto Rules in the Bahamas
17 May 2019, 14:15
The Securities Commission of the Bahamas has released the “Digital Asset and Regulated Exchanges (DARE)” bill to provide regulatory cover for nearly every aspect of the cryptocurrency space including, initial coin offerings, exchanges, investors and virtually everyone participating in the industry.
Ted Livingston — U.S Regulation Slows Down Crypto Innovation
Ted Livingston — U.S Regulation Slows Down Crypto Innovation
17 May 2019, 07:32
Ted Livingston, Founder of the Kin messaging platform, blamed regulatory uncertainty as a principal reason why the U.S cryptocurrency industry has failed to reach its potential.
Regulatory Concerns — Poloniex to Delist 9 Tokens for U.S Users
Regulatory Concerns — Poloniex to Delist 9 Tokens for U.S Users
16 May 2019, 21:58
Because of regulatory concerns, Poloniex exchange will stop U.S customers from trading the following nine cryptocurrencies, ARDR, BCN, DCR, GAME, GAS, LSK, NXT, OMNI, and REP.
Crypto Regulation No Longer Top Priority — Dmitry Medvedev
Crypto Regulation No Longer Top Priority — Dmitry Medvedev
16 May 2019, 21:09
Dmitry Medvedev — "Nowadays, the popularity of cryptocurrency has decreased, and regulatory issues may not be so relevant.”
Reserve Bank of India Asked to Reconsider Crypto Exclusion
Reserve Bank of India Asked to Reconsider Crypto Exclusion
16 May 2019, 13:31
India IT industry participants have urged the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) which serves as the nation’s financial authority to reconsider its decision to exclude crypto-related products from its fintech regulatory sandbox
Alex Tapscott Fined $25000 by U.S SEC
Alex Tapscott Fined $25000 by U.S SEC
15 May 2019, 18:49

The United States Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) said in a May 14 notice that it had fined Canada-based blockchain entrepreneur, Alex Tapscott, and his firm NextBlock Global the sum of $25,000.

U.S SEC Delays Bitwise ETF Proposal Again
U.S SEC Delays Bitwise ETF Proposal Again
14 May 2019, 19:32
The United States Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) will not give its ruling but will continue accepting public comments regarding a Bitcoin ETF application filed in January by Bitwise Investment Advisers in partnership with NYSE Arca.
SFOX Offers FDIC-Insured Accounts to Crypto Traders
SFOX Offers FDIC-Insured Accounts to Crypto Traders
14 May 2019, 16:50
SFOX now offers “Segregated FBO Account” allowing users to choose whether to keep their cash reserve on the platform within FDIC-insured accounts with coverage for funds up to $250,000.
When Does an IEO Break U.S Securities Law?
When Does an IEO Break U.S Securities Law?
14 May 2019, 13:15
Before you sell your IEO tokens, know when you're breaking U.S Securities law. Top U.S SEC Official Valerie Szczepanik has confirmed when IEOs breach regulations.
Ron Paul Rules Out Sherman’s Suggestions to Outlaw Crypto
Ron Paul Rules Out Sherman’s Suggestions to Outlaw Crypto
13 May 2019, 21:07
Ron Paul, a former U.S Congressman, and a Presidential Candidate have lashed out at recent comments made by Congressman Brad Sherman that the U.S should outlaw cryptocurrencies by stopping Americans from using it.
No More Secrets; Mark Zuckerberg Called out over Secret Crypto Project
No More Secrets; Mark Zuckerberg Called out over Secret Crypto Project
10 May 2019, 18:28
The U.S Senate Banking Committee told Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg to reveal more information about the secret cryptocurrency-payment system they are developing.
Crescent Crypto Submits Crypto ETF Application
Crescent Crypto Submits Crypto ETF Application
10 May 2019, 16:06
Crescent Crypto has submitted a cryptocurrency exchange-traded fund proposal to the United States Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC).
U.S Rep Brad Sherman Wants to Outlaw Cryptocurrencies
U.S Rep Brad Sherman Wants to Outlaw Cryptocurrencies
10 May 2019, 10:43
Despite ongoing efforts to provide clear regulations for the U.S cryptocurrency industry, Congressman Brad Sherman in an infamous move called for colleagues to join him to introduce a bill to outlaw the purchase and use of cryptocurrencies by Americans.
Will India Ban Crypto? Ajeet Khurana Says It's Unlikely
Will India Ban Crypto? Ajeet Khurana Says It's Unlikely
09 May 2019, 20:41
"I have never heard them talk about banning it. So it’s very interesting that the people who could ban it, have never said they will ban it.” Ajeet Khurana
U.S SEC and CFTC Admits Growth in Digital Assets Industry
U.S SEC and CFTC Admits Growth in Digital Assets Industry
09 May 2019, 10:11
In the hearing before the Senate Committee on Appropriations, SEC Chairman, Jay Clayton, and CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo acknowledged growth in the digital assets industry.
Preparing For Launch? Facebook Loosens Crypto Ad Policy
Preparing For Launch? Facebook Loosens Crypto Ad Policy
08 May 2019, 21:41
Facebook has updated its crypto-ad policy today to include major changes that will promote crypto adoption. Is that a promotion strategy for its proposed stablecoin?
WeChat Bans Merchant Crypto Trading; China Clampdown Continues
WeChat Bans Merchant Crypto Trading; China Clampdown Continues
07 May 2019, 17:30
A section of WeChat’s revised Payments Policy Protocol mentioned that merchants on the platform would lose access to their accounts if they “either directly or indirectly” get involved with “any initial coin offering activities or operating virtual currency trading.”
CFTC Official Hints at Ether Futures Approval
CFTC Official Hints at Ether Futures Approval
06 May 2019, 14:20
An anonymous official working the U.S Commodity Futures and Trading Commission (CFTC) is talking up the possibility of Ethereum-based futures derivative.
Europol Seize Six-Figure Worth of Crypto from Dark Web Raid
Europol Seize Six-Figure Worth of Crypto from Dark Web Raid
04 May 2019, 02:19
A recent raid by the European Police authorities led to the arrest of three suspects as well as the seizure of cash worth €550,000 (appr. $616,600) and Bitcoin and Monero cryptocurrencies in the six-figure region.
Myanmar Warns Citizens Against Crypto Investments
Myanmar Warns Citizens Against Crypto Investments
03 May 2019, 18:12
The Central Bank of Myanmar is worried about the increasing number of citizens losing money to crypto fraudsters and for this reason, issued a second warning to the public regarding investment into the new asset class.
Geoffery Vos — Crypto Adoption Yet to Cross “Starting Line”
Geoffery Vos — Crypto Adoption Yet to Cross “Starting Line”
03 May 2019, 15:14
Lord Geoffery Vos, Chancellor of the U.K High Court admitted that cryptocurrencies would see increasing usage soon rather than a decline.
Another Former CFTC Chair Joins the Call for Crypto Regulation
Another Former CFTC Chair Joins the Call for Crypto Regulation
03 May 2019, 14:16
Former Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chair, Gary Gensler has become the latest top official to lend his voice to the call for clear regulations to govern the crypto ecosystem in the United States.
Samoan Church Denies Deliberate OneCoin Involvement
Samoan Church Denies Deliberate OneCoin Involvement
03 May 2019, 08:30
The Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church (SISDAC) one of the two religious centres accused of collaborating with a fraudulent crypto project, OneCoin has quickly moved to deny the allegations.
Milestone? Washington Legalizes Blockchain Records
Milestone? Washington Legalizes Blockchain Records
02 May 2019, 14:58
The United States state of Washington has become the latest region in the country to pass a blockchain-related bill into law.
Tether Lawyers Says Stablecoin is 74% Backed
Tether Lawyers Says Stablecoin is 74% Backed
30 April 2019, 16:44
Stuart Hogner, the general counsel representing the stablecoin company, Tether Ltd and its parent company, Bitfinex, has confirmed that fiat or its equivalent back only 74% of existing USDT.
Quebec Increases Electricity Allocation to Crypto Miners
Quebec Increases Electricity Allocation to Crypto Miners
30 April 2019, 08:41

Cryptocurrency mining firms in Quebec, Canada will have to rules to abide by after country’s energy regulator, Régie de l’énergie rolled out new regulations for operators in the energy-intensive industry.

SEC Halts Trading in Bitcoin Generation Stocks
SEC Halts Trading in Bitcoin Generation Stocks
29 April 2019, 18:39
The United States Security and Exchanges Commission (SEC) said on Monday that it is temporarily suspending trading of securities belonging to not-so-popular crypto startup, Bitcoin Generation Ltd (BTGN).
Bakkt’s 3 Significant Moves Draw Launch Date Closer
Bakkt’s 3 Significant Moves Draw Launch Date Closer
29 April 2019, 17:35
Bakkt confirmed that it recently applied for a crypto custodian license with the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), signed a $100,000,000 insurance policy and acquired Digital Asset Custody Company (DACC)
London Block Exchange Sued By Creditor; There Could Be More
London Block Exchange Sued By Creditor; There Could Be More
29 April 2019, 15:09
U.K based cryptocurrency startup, London Block Exchange (LBX) has come under fire following a windup lawsuit filed by a law firm that it owes (Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP).
Finland’s New Crypto Rules Goes Live on May 1
Finland’s New Crypto Rules Goes Live on May 1
29 April 2019, 13:33
Under the new rules, the Finland Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA) will become the regulatory boarding overseeing the activity of crypto-related businesses in the country.
Will India’s Crypto Regulatory Attempt End in Official Ban?
Will India’s Crypto Regulatory Attempt End in Official Ban?
26 April 2019, 18:54
The Indian government has kicked off inter-ministerial consultation on a new bill targeting a ban on the use of cryptocurrencies. The framework is tagged “Banning of Cryptocurrencies and Regulation of Official Digital Currencies Bill 2019."
Samoa Church Members Invested in Under Fire OneCoin
Samoa Church Members Invested in Under Fire OneCoin
26 April 2019, 17:19
Some members and ministers of the Samoa Worship Centre, a church in the Pacific nation of Samoa bought tokens from an allegedly fraudulent crypto project, OneCoin
Court Order Says Bitfinex Took $850 Million from Tether to Hide Losses
Court Order Says Bitfinex Took $850 Million from Tether to Hide Losses
26 April 2019, 10:15
The New York Attorney General's office believes crypto exchange, Bitfinex, lost $850 million and subsequently borrowed money from its controversial stablecoin subsidiary, Tether Ltd, to hide the deficiency.
Malta and the U.S Issues Fresh Guidelines on Crypto Frauds
Malta and the U.S Issues Fresh Guidelines on Crypto Frauds
25 April 2019, 21:45
The increase in the number of people falling victim to the activity of crypto fraudsters has led Malta and the U.S to add their name to the list of countries that recently issued guidelines on how to discover suspicious investments in the emerging industry.
Two Nigerians Indicted for Fraudulent 50BTC Scheme
Two Nigerians Indicted for Fraudulent 50BTC Scheme
25 April 2019, 11:24
The U.S government alleges that Onwuemerie Ogor Gift and Kelvin Usifoh generated at least 50BTC (approximately $400,000) from a fraudulent scheme between December 2017 and June 2018.
Secret Crypto Mining Farm with 25 Machines Busted in Brazil
Secret Crypto Mining Farm with 25 Machines Busted in Brazil
24 April 2019, 21:19
The Brazilian State Department of Drug Trafficking (Denarc) on April 23 stumbled on a secret bitcoin mining laboratory located in the region of Avenida Oscar Pereira, Porto Alegre.
$2.8 Million Case Marks New York’s First Crypto Money Laundering
$2.8 Million Case Marks New York’s First Crypto Money Laundering
24 April 2019, 17:29

According to a Wednesday press release by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Callaway Crain, and Mark Sanchez, both New York residents pleaded guilty to selling controlled substances and laundering the proceeds through Bitcoin and Western Union payments.

Japan Wants to Help G20 Members Implement Crypto Regulation
Japan Wants to Help G20 Members Implement Crypto Regulation
23 April 2019, 15:08
Japan's representatives at this year's conference will submit a proposed “manual” or toolkit that it believes can help G20 member nations regulate the crypto industry in their respective jurisdictions.
Joel Ortiz Gets 10-Year Jail Term for $7.5 Million Crypto Theft
Joel Ortiz Gets 10-Year Jail Term for $7.5 Million Crypto Theft
23 April 2019, 10:08
Joel Ortiz, a 21-year old student of the Boston High School was handed a ten-year jail term for stealing cryptocurrencies worth roughly $7.5 million.
Lawsuit Wants 50% of Ben-Sasson’s Ownership in Starkware
Lawsuit Wants 50% of Ben-Sasson’s Ownership in Starkware
23 April 2019, 06:06
The allegations claim that Starkware’s major product which is a zero-knowledge protocol (STARK) that helps blockchain scaling, was developed with resources that Ben-Sasson collected from Technion.
Chile Eyes Crypto Regulation with New Bill
Chile Eyes Crypto Regulation with New Bill
22 April 2019, 15:47
Chilean Finance Minister, Felipe Larraín said during a recent visit to the United States that the government will soon introduce to the Congress a bill focused on the regulation of fintech and cryptocurrencies.
Israeli Man, Afek Zard Indicted for $9 Million Dash Crypto Theft
Israeli Man, Afek Zard Indicted for $9 Million Dash Crypto Theft
21 April 2019, 20:29
Alexei Yaromenko has filed an indictment against, Afek Zard, his roommate who allegedly stole 74.990.74 DASH (appr. $9 million) from his crypto wallet.
U.S Presidential Hopeful Andrew Yang to Regulate Crypto Industry
U.S Presidential Hopeful Andrew Yang to Regulate Crypto Industry
19 April 2019, 21:30
Learn why Andrew Yang is the candidate of choice for most U.S crypto industry participants.
RBI Sidelines Crypto Startups as India’s Regulatory Rumble Continues
RBI Sidelines Crypto Startups as India’s Regulatory Rumble Continues
18 April 2019, 18:58

One month after the Supreme Court of India reportedly instructed the government to release regulations for the cryptocurrency industry, nothing has happened, and the industry has suffered yet another discrimination.

Japan to Introduce New Rules for Crypto Exchange Cold Wallets
Japan to Introduce New Rules for Crypto Exchange Cold Wallets
18 April 2019, 12:25
Even though cold wallets are less likely to get hacked, there is a high risk of internal theft. Japanese regulators want to curb this risk too.
Cambridge Study Shows Unity and Disparity in Crypto Regulation Across Borders
Cambridge Study Shows Unity and Disparity in Crypto Regulation Across Borders
17 April 2019, 19:20
As per an April 2019 Cambridge study, different countries are adopting separate regulations for the cryptocurrency industry leading to some unity and disparity. Will such a situation adversely affect the growth of the young industry?
Arca Seeks SEC Approval for Stablecoin-Based Treasury Fund
Arca Seeks SEC Approval for Stablecoin-Based Treasury Fund
16 April 2019, 20:57
Los Angeles based crypto asset manager, Arca has filed a prospectus with the U.S SEC to create a new type of stablecoin that would allow holders to invest in the U.S Treasury securities.
Does BitcoinSV’s Decline Show Crypto Industry Can Regulate Itself?
Does BitcoinSV’s Decline Show Crypto Industry Can Regulate Itself?
16 April 2019, 14:09
The ongoing onslaught against BitcoinSV suggests the industry is filling a role that usually should be fulfilled by a regulator. Is it a good sign?
French Finance Minister Wants Unified Crypto Rules For EU States
French Finance Minister Wants Unified Crypto Rules For EU States
16 April 2019, 08:25
Instead of creating a separate regulatory framework for the cryptocurrency industry in their respective countries, the French Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire is proposing a more unified framework for the European Union.
The Timeline — How Mauritius Silently Achieved Crypto Regulation
The Timeline — How Mauritius Silently Achieved Crypto Regulation
15 April 2019, 11:37
Mauritius regulates an emerging industry that has proven difficult to handle for even the world’s most powerful nations. Here's a timeline showing how they did it.
France Approves Bill Allowing Insurance Providers to Invest in Crypto
France Approves Bill Allowing Insurance Providers to Invest in Crypto
13 April 2019, 05:06
A newly passed bill includes a section that allows insurance providers in France to provide their clients' exposure to cryptocurrencies through Professional Capital Investment Funds.
U.S Reps Wants Guidance on Crypto Taxes As Deadline Looms
U.S Reps Wants Guidance on Crypto Taxes As Deadline Looms
12 April 2019, 15:16

A delegation of 21 U.S lawmakers led by Rep. Tom Emmer has asked the country’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide further guidance about how cryptocurrency holders should report their taxes.

Blockstack Wants to Conduct $50 Million SEC Compliant Token Sale
Blockstack Wants to Conduct $50 Million SEC Compliant Token Sale
11 April 2019, 13:01
Blockstack Token LLC plans to use the SEC Regulation A+ framework to sell Blockstack’s Stacks (STX) token worth $50 Million.
Regulators in Bermuda Approves ICO for Velocity Ledger
Regulators in Bermuda Approves ICO for Velocity Ledger
11 April 2019, 11:52
Velocity Ledger Holdings Limited (VLHC), a trading company based in Bermuda has received approval from the country's Ministry of Finance to conduct its ICO later this year.
Texas Regulators Issues Stop Order to Currency Exchange FxBitGlobe
Texas Regulators Issues Stop Order to Currency Exchange FxBitGlobe
10 April 2019, 19:12
Texas State Securities Commissioner, Travis J. Iles, has a taken an emergency action against, FxBitGlobe, a purported foreign and cryptocurrency exchange.
Mauritius Releases STO Regulatory Framework
Mauritius Releases STO Regulatory Framework
10 April 2019, 17:19
The Mauritius Financial Services Commission (FSC) have released a guidance note on security token offerings (STOs) to show that they remain highly supportive of fintech related initiatives.
U.S Lawmakers Resumes Quest To Exempt Crypto From Securities Law
U.S Lawmakers Resumes Quest To Exempt Crypto From Securities Law
09 April 2019, 22:58
On Tuesday, April 9, U.S Rep Warren Davidson reintroduced an updated version of the Token Taxonomy Act (TTA) which was first unveiled to the Congress just before its closure at the end of 2018.
Jacob Burrell Gets 2-Year Jail Term for Illegal BTC Sales
Jacob Burrell Gets 2-Year Jail Term for Illegal BTC Sales
09 April 2019, 14:51
Jacob Burrell Campos, a Mexican and U.S citizen was handed a two-year jail term and ordered to forfeit $823,357 worth of profits gotten from running a one-man Bitcoin exchange business.
Chinese Government Agency Wants Ban on Crypto Mining
Chinese Government Agency Wants Ban on Crypto Mining
09 April 2019, 08:55
The NDRC has labeled cryptocurrency mining as one of the few “undesirable” activities that doesn’t yield as much productivity as it contributes to environmental pollution in the country. Ban next?
Lithuania to Introduce New Rules for Crypto Businesses
Lithuania to Introduce New Rules for Crypto Businesses
08 April 2019, 18:18

The Republic of Lithuania will continue its recent effort to control the activities of crypto-related businesses by rolling out new regulations in the coming months.

Kraken Faces $900,000 Lawsuit by Jonathan Silverman
Kraken Faces $900,000 Lawsuit by Jonathan Silverman
08 April 2019, 08:53
Silverman claims that Kraken's CEO, Jesse Powell had failed to honor his promise to pay him a $150,000 salary and a 10% commission of the profits generated by the trading desk which he heads.
Missoula County Makes Renewable Energy a Must For Miners
Missoula County Makes Renewable Energy a Must For Miners
05 April 2019, 19:32
Missoula County cryptocurrency mining firms must now build renewable energy sources to offset 100% of the energy needed for their operations according to newly released regulations.
We Don’t Suppress Crypto Assets Sector — U.S CFTC Chair
We Don’t Suppress Crypto Assets Sector — U.S CFTC Chair
05 April 2019, 16:38
CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo said the agency had resisted calls to use their legal powers to suppress the development of crypto-assets and the underlying technologies that support them.
Top Officials Agrees South Korea Should Review Crypto Rules
Top Officials Agrees South Korea Should Review Crypto Rules
05 April 2019, 11:34
South Korean Officials at Deconomy notes that the time is not right for the country to review its existing regulations for the cryptocurrency industry. What rules do you think they should enact?
Suspects in Ongoing $300m Crypto Fraud Case Get Interim Bail
Suspects in Ongoing $300m Crypto Fraud Case Get Interim Bail
04 April 2019, 21:07
Amit and Vivek Bharadwaj, as well as three other suspects (Ayush Varshney, Rupesh Singh, and Sanchit), are believed that be the masterminds behind GainBitcoin and other crypto-related schemes sometime in 2013
Canadian Court Asks Matthew Phan to Forfeit 281.41BTC Alleged Crime Profits
Canadian Court Asks Matthew Phan to Forfeit 281.41BTC Alleged Crime Profits
04 April 2019, 13:50
Judge Jane Kelly, a Superior Court Justice in Toronto, Canada ruled on April 3, that Matthew Phan, an online drug dealer, and dark web expert should relinquish his 281.41BTC (appr. $1.4 million) to authorities.
An Overview — SEC Division Releases Promised Guidance on ICO Tokens
An Overview — SEC Division Releases Promised Guidance on ICO Tokens
03 April 2019, 21:19
An overview of guidelines released by the SEC division on factors to consider in determining whether an ICO Token is a Security
SEC Agrees to “No Action” For TurnKey Jet Token Sale
SEC Agrees to “No Action” For TurnKey Jet Token Sale
03 April 2019, 16:30
In what appears to be an apparent first, the United States Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) has given its approval to a crypto project seeking exemption from any enforcement action by the regulators during its token sale.
TRON Bans Gambling DApps to Comply with Japanese Regulations
TRON Bans Gambling DApps to Comply with Japanese Regulations
03 April 2019, 03:20
TRON has stated that it does not support encourage or support any gambling DApp targeting the Japanese market. That means that the platform will not approve of Japanese developers building gambling Dapps on their blockchain.
Pakistan’s Digitization Plan Includes New Cryptocurrency by 2025
Pakistan’s Digitization Plan Includes New Cryptocurrency by 2025
02 April 2019, 17:59
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has plans to adds its name to the list of countries to issue a central bank backed digital currency (CBDC).
Will SEC's New Job Listing Resolve Crypto ‘Security’ Saga?
Will SEC's New Job Listing Resolve Crypto ‘Security’ Saga?
01 April 2019, 17:21
Has the U.S Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) finally found a way to end the long-term debate regarding which cryptocurrencies to classify as securities and those that qualify for an exemption?
Pakistan Set to Regulate Crypto Exchanges; Reversing Ban?
Pakistan Set to Regulate Crypto Exchanges; Reversing Ban?
01 April 2019, 12:16
Time heals all wounds as the Pakistan Federal government decides to introduce a new set of laws for Electronic Money Institutions (EMIs) which include cryptocurrency exchanges.
Hong Kong Releases Regulation for Security Token Offerings (STOs)
Hong Kong Releases Regulation for Security Token Offerings (STOs)
29 March 2019, 15:31
Crypto projects who want to conduct security token offerings (STOs) in Hong Kong now have new rules to guide such issuance of cryptocurrencies.
Swiss President Preach “Fast and Clear” Regulation for Blockchain Companies
Swiss President Preach “Fast and Clear” Regulation for Blockchain Companies
29 March 2019, 10:04
Swiss President, Ueli Maurer, wants to “stay two steps” ahead of other countries when it comes to providing the ideal regulatory environment needed to nurture blockchain technology.
CFTC Advisory Committee Considers Crypto Regulation and Blockchain Adoption
CFTC Advisory Committee Considers Crypto Regulation and Blockchain Adoption
28 March 2019, 12:04
Members of the Technology Advisory Committee of the U.S Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently considered regulation for virtual currencies and the need for the agency to adopt distributed ledger technology.
Ukrainian Arrested for Crypto Malware That Got 1.5 Million Visits
Ukrainian Arrested for Crypto Malware That Got 1.5 Million Visits
28 March 2019, 09:15
The cyber crime department of the Ukrainian Police said in a March 26 press release that they arrested a 32-year old resident of Bukovina alleged to be distributing malicious crypto-related software to the public.
CME’s Terry Duffy — Bitcoin’s Fixed Supply Makes Regulation Difficult
CME’s Terry Duffy — Bitcoin’s Fixed Supply Makes Regulation Difficult
26 March 2019, 12:36
"The governments can't run unless they can run on a deficit. [They]can't borrow against anything.'"
LocalBitcoins to Comply with Finland’s New AML Laws
LocalBitcoins to Comply with Finland’s New AML Laws
26 March 2019, 09:58
LocalBitcoins which was recently breached revealed it is putting some new features in place to comply with newly approved laws for cryptocurrency service providers in the country.
A Review of France’s Crypto Rules Likely in April 2019
A Review of France’s Crypto Rules Likely in April 2019
25 March 2019, 21:34
In this article, we review the proposed regulations (Article 26 of the future PACTE law) for the French crypto industry and consider the impact it could have on the ecosystem.
Agustin Carstens Says CBDC like ‘Patient for Major Surgery’
Agustin Carstens Says CBDC like ‘Patient for Major Surgery’
25 March 2019, 17:00
Agustin Carstens speech about CBDCs. Central Banks dealing with CBDCs could be the same as ‘opening up a patient for major surgery.’ "We need to understand the full consequences of what we're doing," he said.
Swiss Federal Council to Update Blockchain Laws
Swiss Federal Council to Update Blockchain Laws
23 March 2019, 20:07
The Swiss Council hopes that by updating existing blockchain regulations with some federal laws, they can increase legal certainty, remove the hurdles faced by developers and reduce risks of misuse
AriseBank’s Jared Rice Pleads Guilty to $4.2 Million Fraud Case
AriseBank’s Jared Rice Pleads Guilty to $4.2 Million Fraud Case
22 March 2019, 14:50

Jared Rice, the founder of the AriseBank Coin, has pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud before a Federal Court in Dallas, implying that he lied to investors to collect around $4.2 million worth of cash and cryptocurrencies in a fake ICO.

Alex Saunders’ to Make Australia Regulate ICOs and Crypto
Alex Saunders’ to Make Australia Regulate ICOs and Crypto
21 March 2019, 22:46
“The [government] doesn’t understand it all. For them, BitConnect [a popular crypto scam] is the same as every other ICO.” Alex Saunders wants to change that opinion.
U.S SEC or CFTC Can Regulate Crypto — Timothy Massad
U.S SEC or CFTC Can Regulate Crypto — Timothy Massad
21 March 2019, 20:44
Former CFTC Chair Timothy Massad urges the Congress to appoint either the U.S SEC or the CFTC to regulate crypto-assets, trading platforms, custodians (or wallets), brokers and advisors.
Swiss Lawmakers Approve New Measure to Regulate Cryptocurrencies
Swiss Lawmakers Approve New Measure to Regulate Cryptocurrencies
21 March 2019, 09:31
Members of the Federal Assembly of Switzerland voted 99 to 83 votes in favor of a notion to apply existing regulations to the use of cryptocurrencies.
Crypto Fund Manager Stefanos Papanastasiou Charged for $14.2 Million Losses
Crypto Fund Manager Stefanos Papanastasiou Charged for $14.2 Million Losses
19 March 2019, 21:12
Mr. Stefanos Papanastasiou allegedly traded Bitcoin and Ethereum for Alexiadis and some prominent business figures and lawyers in the lead up to the bull market run in late 2017.
Japan to Introduce Strict Rules for Crypto Margin Trading
Japan to Introduce Strict Rules for Crypto Margin Trading
19 March 2019, 15:34
Cryptocurrency traders and exchanges in Japan will have new rules to adopt after the country’s parliament on Friday approved adjustments to the financial instruments and payment services law.
U.S SEC Wants Your Input on Digital Asset Custody Rules
U.S SEC Wants Your Input on Digital Asset Custody Rules
19 March 2019, 12:57
The SEC wants industry experts to share their opinion on how the Custody Rule on non-delivery versus payment (non-DVP) transactions affect investment advisers and custodial trading services dealing in digital assets.
Court Says Bank Closing Israminers Account Was Wrong
Court Says Bank Closing Israminers Account Was Wrong
18 March 2019, 17:12
The court ruling blamed the Bank for adopting a “sweeping” policy that restricted it from providing service to customers who use virtual currencies and labeled it as “unreasonable.”
SEC’s Valerie Says Stablecoins Can Be “Security”
SEC’s Valerie Says Stablecoins Can Be “Security”
18 March 2019, 10:54
Crypto projects should meet with the U.S SEC to ask for permission before developing their stablecoin, instead of seeking regulatory assistance in the aftermath of creating a token that violates securities law.
Crypto Businesses Kick Against Proposed Regulations in Nevada
Crypto Businesses Kick Against Proposed Regulations in Nevada
16 March 2019, 21:35
Crypto industry experts in Nevada rejected has kicked against proposed regulations that they believe would hamper growth rather than speed it up.
Japanese Police Arrest 18-Year Old for $134,000 Crypto Theft
Japanese Police Arrest 18-Year Old for $134,000 Crypto Theft
15 March 2019, 18:20
The Japanese Police authorities have arrested an unnamed 18-year-old for executing a crypto theft worth $134,000, that led to the shut down of a local crypto wallet provider.
After QuadrigaCX Saga — Canada To Regulate Crypto Exchanges
After QuadrigaCX Saga — Canada To Regulate Crypto Exchanges
15 March 2019, 14:45
Finanacial regulators in Canada have learned lessons from what happened to QuadrigaCX. Would the newly proposed have been to prevent Quadriga's current crisis?
B2C2 Wins $11.5m Lawsuit Against Quoine Exchange
B2C2 Wins $11.5m Lawsuit Against Quoine Exchange
14 March 2019, 23:18
A failed trade involving B2C2 and Quoine could see the exchange pay back as much $11.5 million unless they agree to more favorable terms with the victorious party.
Basel Committee Wary of Crypto Growth and Impact
Basel Committee Wary of Crypto Growth and Impact
14 March 2019, 13:12
BCBS —The continued increase in the number of crypto trading platforms and the creation of crypto-related financial products would potentially lead to a time when the market will disrupt the global financial system and increase risks faced by banks.
Thai SEC Backed ICO Portal Almost Ready
Thai SEC Backed ICO Portal Almost Ready
14 March 2019, 10:51
Would you invest in an ICO listed on a portal approved by a national securities regulator? The Thai SEC will soon make it possible.
Update — SEC Chairman Didn’t Say ETH is Not A Security
Update — SEC Chairman Didn’t Say ETH is Not A Security
13 March 2019, 19:38
In his follow-up explanation, Clayton did not say that Ether or any other crypto token is not a security under U.S laws.
Russia to Limit Crypto Purchases by Unqualified Investors
Russia to Limit Crypto Purchases by Unqualified Investors
12 March 2019, 23:13
The Russian Central Bank plans to put a $9100 cap on the total amount of cryptocurrencies that unqualified investors can buy in a year. What will change if the new directive is implemented?
Colorado Governor Signs Crypto Exemption Bill
Colorado Governor Signs Crypto Exemption Bill
12 March 2019, 18:47
Jared S. Polis has signed into law the “Colorado Digital Token Act” which exempts cryptocurrencies from the same classification as traditional securities.
SEC Chairman Ends Debate, Says ETH Token Not a Security
SEC Chairman Ends Debate, Says ETH Token Not a Security
12 March 2019, 18:23
Jay Clayton has comprehensively ended as debate any claims that Ether (ETH), the native token of the Ethereum blockchain is a security under U.S laws
Germany Debates Blockchain Regulation
Germany Debates Blockchain Regulation
12 March 2019, 14:21
Germany’s Free Democratic Party (FDP) have accused regulators of failing to define a clear regulatory framework for the crypto and blockchain industry. Industry experts shared their thoughts on the matter.
Hester Peirce — Government Regulation Not the Only Way for Crypto
Hester Peirce — Government Regulation Not the Only Way for Crypto
11 March 2019, 16:16
SEC Commissioner, Hester Peirce suggests that the crypto industry can thrive without Federal legislation, stating it is not "the only way" for the space to progress.
Japan's Crypto Group Release Recommendations for ICO Regulation
Japan's Crypto Group Release Recommendations for ICO Regulation
08 March 2019, 21:48
No mainstream regulation? No problem. A self-regulatory crypto group in Japan release its own regulation for ICOs hoping relevant authorities will listen.
Australian Authorities Halt Two Crypto Exchanges; Arrests Drug Trafficker
Australian Authorities Halt Two Crypto Exchanges; Arrests Drug Trafficker
08 March 2019, 16:49
Two crypto exchanges halted in Australia for allegedly helping a drug trafficker move money around. Is this justified?
Massachusetts Regulators Appoint New Advisory Group on Crypto
Massachusetts Regulators Appoint New Advisory Group on Crypto
08 March 2019, 15:06
No more enforcement actions. We're here for peace is the new message by regulators in Massachusetts. Can the crypto industry trust them not to fail?
EU Report — Regulation Will Help Blockchain Succeed
EU Report — Regulation Will Help Blockchain Succeed
07 March 2019, 21:45
Despite all the success that the blockchain industry has enjoyed so, a recent report by the European Union Blockchain Observatory and Forum claims that regulation is the missing piece.
Russia to Make ID Verification Compulsory for Crypto Users
Russia to Make ID Verification Compulsory for Crypto Users
07 March 2019, 20:33
Under newly proposed regulations, crypto users in Russia must complete an identity verification process or risk being called criminals.
Canada’s Tax Agency Assessing Crypto Investors
Canada’s Tax Agency Assessing Crypto Investors
07 March 2019, 12:29
A special tax audit unit set up by the CRA in 2017 sent a lengthy questionnaire to individuals who have high-risk tax files related to cryptocurrency investments.
Israeli Committee Releases Advice for ICO Regulation
Israeli Committee Releases Advice for ICO Regulation
06 March 2019, 21:34
After two years, a committee set up by the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) has released recommendations for regulating ICOs in the country.
Russia Adopts Crypto Regulation Following Putin's Order
Russia Adopts Crypto Regulation Following Putin's Order
05 March 2019, 21:05
Putin wins as Russian Parliament enact first set of crypto laws. A block of draft laws still expected by mid-year
Countries Expected to Introduce Crypto Regulation in 2019 or Later
Countries Expected to Introduce Crypto Regulation in 2019 or Later
05 March 2019, 20:38
In this in-depth article, we review the countries likely to introduce crypto regulations before the end of the year and the progress made so far by authorities in the respective regions.
Taiwan to Establish STO as a Fundraising Model
Taiwan to Establish STO as a Fundraising Model
04 March 2019, 15:58
Authorities in Taiwan are set to legalize STO as a fundraising model for local companies after discovering its potential.
Utah Senator Introduce Bill to Lure Blockchain Companies
Utah Senator Introduce Bill to Lure Blockchain Companies
04 March 2019, 13:14
The Utah Senate is set to debate a bill that could potentially lure more crypto and blockchain-related businesses to set up in Utah.
Rhode Island Bill Wants Securities Exemption
Rhode Island Bill Wants Securities Exemption
01 March 2019, 19:06
Five senators in the U.S State of Rhode Island are currently leading a charge to liberate some crypto tokens from local securities law
Thai SEC Approve 4 Cryptocurrencies For Investors
Thai SEC Approve 4 Cryptocurrencies For Investors
01 March 2019, 14:29
The Thai SEC has released a new list of four cryptocurrencies that it approves for ICOs and a base in trading pairs on crypto exchanges.
California Wants Stablecoins for Cannabis-Related Taxes
California Wants Stablecoins for Cannabis-Related Taxes
01 March 2019, 12:00
A new California bill has proposed stablecoins as an easier way to collect taxes from an industry deemed as illegal under Federal laws.
Putin Orders Lawmakers To Regulate Crypto by July 2019
Putin Orders Lawmakers To Regulate Crypto by July 2019
28 February 2019, 11:14
Russian President, Vladimir Putin has instructed lawmakers in the Federal Assembly to adopt a regulation for cryptocurrencies before July 1, 2019. Can they meet this deadline?
“My Big Coins” Founder Charged For $6 Million Fraud
“My Big Coins” Founder Charged For $6 Million Fraud
28 February 2019, 09:29
Randall Crater is alleged to be the founder and principal operator behind “My Big Coins” a cryptocurrency scheme that defrauded investors through misrepresentations about its nature and value
Steven Maijoor Backs Crypto Regulation in Europe
Steven Maijoor Backs Crypto Regulation in Europe
28 February 2019, 08:28
Will it happen soon? Steven Maijoor, Chairman of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has backed the release of further laws to guide the use of cryptocurrencies in the continent.
Bahrain Releases First Crypto Sandbox Graduate
Bahrain Releases First Crypto Sandbox Graduate
27 February 2019, 17:57
Unlike other Central Bank authorities, the Central Bank of Bahrain has shown that it wants cryptocurrency-related business to set up in the country.
Russia Classifies Crypto-Related Theft as Criminal Offence
Russia Classifies Crypto-Related Theft as Criminal Offence
26 February 2019, 21:18
any individual who steals cryptocurrencies and converts them to fiat or vice versa will be liable to the same punishment as anyone who launders money under Russian law.
Judges Issue Four Weeks Deadline For Indian Crypto Regulation
Judges Issue Four Weeks Deadline For Indian Crypto Regulation
25 February 2019, 15:16
Supreme court of India declares judgement day for crypto-regulation in the country
Russia — Crypto Regulation And Oil Backed Coin Very Likely
Russia — Crypto Regulation And Oil Backed Coin Very Likely
23 February 2019, 21:30
A top official just revealed that Russia will regulate crypto in March and launch oil backed stablecoin to make trade faster.
Thai Parliament Approve Securities Tokenization
Thai Parliament Approve Securities Tokenization
23 February 2019, 11:47
Thai lawmakers just approved securities tokenization for companies in the country.
Crypto Startups In Texas Fined $25000
Crypto Startups In Texas Fined $25000
22 February 2019, 10:30
Four crypto startups in Texas will pay a fine of $25000 each for defying the local Securities Act.
Bahrain Shows It Wants Crypto Companies
Bahrain Shows It Wants Crypto Companies
21 February 2019, 10:16
The Central Bank of Bahrain wants crypto companies to set up within its territory and have created a sandbox for this purpose.
Lithuania Release Updated Crypto and ICO Regulation
Lithuania Release Updated Crypto and ICO Regulation
21 February 2019, 08:53
The Central Bank of Lithuania has updated its position on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICO) to reflect the current market realities. Crypto investment funds are now allowed to exist in Lithuania.
SEC Settle Charges With Gladius Network ICO After Self-Report
SEC Settle Charges With Gladius Network ICO After Self-Report
20 February 2019, 21:12
Crypto Startup, Gladius Network reported itself to the SEC as an offender for selling unregistered securities and got a huge discount from the regulators.
Wyoming Passes Two New Blockchain Related Bills
Wyoming Passes Two New Blockchain Related Bills
20 February 2019, 17:35
Fresh from passing a bill that recognizes Bitcoin as legal tender, lawmakers U.S State Wyoming has pulled off another one.
Cyprus SEC To Regulate Crypto With EU AML Laws
Cyprus SEC To Regulate Crypto With EU AML Laws
20 February 2019, 02:07
Cyprus set to impose EU anti-money laundering (AML) laws on local cryptocurrency-related business. What impact will this have on the ecosystem?
U.S FBI Shows How To Identify Fraudulent ICOs
U.S FBI Shows How To Identify Fraudulent ICOs
19 February 2019, 13:58
Based on its two-year experience in monitoring ICO schemes, the United States FBI just disclosed how to identify fraudulent projects easily.
Thai Investors Lose $1.2 Million To Fake Mining Site
Thai Investors Lose $1.2 Million To Fake Mining Site
19 February 2019, 09:50
An allegedly fraudulent cryptocurrency mining company has made away with 42 million baht ($1.34 million) worth of investor funds.
Germany's First Step To Possible Crypto Regulation
Germany's First Step To Possible Crypto Regulation
18 February 2019, 20:53
After letting its crypto and blockchain ecosystem exist without regulations for over a decade, German authorities are finally looking to call the new industry to order.
Russia's MOJ — No Need For Crypto Legalization
Russia's MOJ — No Need For Crypto Legalization
15 February 2019, 12:26
Russian Minister of Justice, Alexander Konovalov said its too early for the country's legislative arm to define crypto regulation.
Luxembourg Pass Blockchain Regulation Bill
Luxembourg Pass Blockchain Regulation Bill
15 February 2019, 10:46
Luxembourg lawmakers have continued their proactive stance toward the development of blockchain technology by passing a new bill that brings more certainty to companies in the new industry.
Court Reverses Decision Involving SEC and Blockvest
Court Reverses Decision Involving SEC and Blockvest
14 February 2019, 22:40
The ongoing case between crypto startup, Blockvest LLC and the U.S SEC has taken a new turn according to a notice released today by the securities watchdog when court ordered Preliminary Injunction.
SEC Halts ETF Sneaking Bitcoin Futures
SEC Halts ETF Sneaking Bitcoin Futures
14 February 2019, 12:31
The United States Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) has asked Reality Shares Advisors to withdraw its clever draft ETF prospectus that included Bitcoin Futures.
Indonesia Oppress Crypto Industry
Indonesia Oppress Crypto Industry
14 February 2019, 10:36
Futures Authorities in Indonesia may still be unhappy with the government’s decision to allow crypto trading and as such are planning to stifle the growth of the emerging industry.
New FSB Chair Wants To Review Crypto Vulnerabilities
New FSB Chair Wants To Review Crypto Vulnerabilities
12 February 2019, 15:00
The Financial Stability Board (FSB) New Chair says they will review standards for assessing how cryptocurrencies will affect financial stability in the future
Spain Still Far Away From Crypto Regulation
Spain Still Far Away From Crypto Regulation
11 February 2019, 18:23
A new notice released by Banco De España (Bank of Spain) on February 10, suggests that the country is not ready to regulate the cryptocurrency industry any time soon
Crypto-Friendly SEC Official — ‘Security’ Clarification Is Near
Crypto-Friendly SEC Official — ‘Security’ Clarification Is Near
11 February 2019, 16:26
SEC Commissioner, Hester Peirce has revealed what the SEC will likely do next in its war against ICO tokens.
Leaked — Top SEC Official Says Bitcoin ETF Will Soon Happen
Leaked — Top SEC Official Says Bitcoin ETF Will Soon Happen
08 February 2019, 12:56
After several rejected applications, SEC Commissioner Robert J Jackson Jr says we are we closer than ever to the first approval for a Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) by the U.S SEC.
Philippines Release STO Regulatory Framework
Philippines Release STO Regulatory Framework
06 February 2019, 16:56
The Philippines has released a regulatory framework to govern the activity of crypto startups who wish to raise money through Digital Asset Token Offering (DATO)
Indian Committee Fear Crypto May Overtake Fiat
Indian Committee Fear Crypto May Overtake Fiat
04 February 2019, 22:17
One of the reasons why India is yet to roll out a regulatory framework for the cryptocurrency industry is that a committee set up in 2017 to review the matter fears that if the country stops its negative stance toward cryptocurrencies, then interest in the new currency could destabilize the Indian fiat currency, Rupees.
Unstable Venezuela Unveil Crypto Regulatory Framework
Unstable Venezuela Unveil Crypto Regulatory Framework
04 February 2019, 17:53
A breakdown of all the major laws in Venezuela's new crypto regulatory framework released on January 31, 2019.
Bitcoin Is Money in Wyoming
Bitcoin Is Money in Wyoming
04 February 2019, 10:50
Senators in the U.S State of Wyoming has passed a bill that allows the Bitcoin to be classified as money. Now residents can hold Bitcoin freely without paying taxes on its usage.
FCA Authorize First Crypto Derivative Firm
FCA Authorize First Crypto Derivative Firm
01 February 2019, 15:38
For the first time, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has approved the B2C2's application to offer crypto derivatives to U.K residents
We Won't Reverse ICO Ban — South Korea
We Won't Reverse ICO Ban — South Korea
31 January 2019, 22:55
Authorities in South Korea says any hope of reversing its 2017 ban against Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) will not happen soon because some projects are still non-compliant
Iran To Reverse Crypto Ban
Iran To Reverse Crypto Ban
31 January 2019, 11:24
Iran will likely lift its blanket ban against the use of cryptocurrencies in the country, once its new crypto draft regulation goes into force later this year.
Eurasia Wants Crypto Regulation
Eurasia Wants Crypto Regulation
29 January 2019, 20:43
The executive arm of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) known as the Eurasian Economic Commission just released a report on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Plans regulation soon
KIK VS SEC- Startup Challenge Proposed Regulatory Action
KIK VS SEC- Startup Challenge Proposed Regulatory Action
28 January 2019, 17:03
Kik Interactive Inc. has challenged the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission SEC) to a court case if the regulators impose an enforcement action against their platform.
FCA Release Proposed Regulation For Crypto Assets
FCA Release Proposed Regulation For Crypto Assets
23 January 2019, 17:53
For the first time, the U.K Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has defined Bitcoin and classified all type of cryptocurrencies in existence at this time. The proposed regulations have an April 5 deadline for public comments.
Ghana SEC Considering Crypto Regulation
22 January 2019, 21:01
Ghana could follow South Africa to become the first regions in the continent to implement regulation for crypto companies. A top official disclosed that studies are already in progress while they are open to suggestions on how to view cryptocurrencies.
The State Of Crypto Regulation In Africa
The State Of Crypto Regulation In Africa
22 January 2019, 14:38
All you need to know about how African nations are regulating cryptocurrencies. Learn how Nigeria, Namibia, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe is regulating cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.
A New Report By OECD Centres on ICO Regulation
20 January 2019, 17:37
Authorities in different parts of the world are defining their framework for regulating Initial Coin Offerings, but such an approach will lead to disparity in the long run according to a new document released on January 15, by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Stock Exchange Of Thailand Wants Crypto License
20 January 2019, 01:11
The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) wants to start offering clients trading in digital assets before the end of this year and, for this reason, will apply for a digital asset operating license from the Thai Finance Ministry.
Former Russian President Medvedev Says It's Soon To Bury Crypto
17 January 2019, 16:13
Former Russian President and current Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev told the audience gathered at the Gaidar forum earlier this week, that the current bearish market performance is not a reason to write cryptocurrencies off.
Crypto Shouldn't Be Regulated by Securities Law – Former Congressman
16 January 2019, 16:12
The former Washington D.C Rep George Nethercutt pointed the finger at the U.S Securities Exchanges Commission (SEC) for their decision to apply securities law to cryptocurrencies
Russian Parliament Set To Discuss Crypto Bill Within Next 2 Months
15 January 2019, 21:23
Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Financial Market Anatoly Aksasov disclosed that the proposed crypto draft bill will be discussed by the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament sometime in February and will include laws about crowdfunding and investment in the industry.
Spanish Regulators Mark 23 Forex and Crypto Sites
15 January 2019, 20:53
The Spanish National Securities Market Commission (CNMV) has updated their blacklist of warned crypto websites
Italy Sets Up Advisory Board of 30 Experts
13 January 2019, 20:28
The Italian Ministry of Economic Development released a list of 30 experts from several industries that will become part of a newly created blockchain advisory board. The new board is expected to identify essential public and private sectors where blockchain technology could be adopted within the nation's economy to a significant effect.
Indian Banks Add “No Crypto” to Terms and Conditions
12 January 2019, 22:12
A Twitter update from an Indian crypto enthusiast confirmed that Kotak Mahindra Bank and some other institutions are guilty of adopting stricter measures to discourage crypto adoption.
China Releases Guidelines For Blockchain Companies
12 January 2019, 12:28
China will likely rescind its ban on cryptocurrencies sometime in the future and pursue the regulatory approach that has worked for countries such as Malta, Switzerland, and Belarus.
Fineqia International To Issue Tokenized Bonds On Ethereum
11 January 2019, 15:36
Fineqia International Inc., a crypto startup that wants to issue and clear tokenized bonds using the Ethereum blockchain announced on Thursday that is has taken a significant step in achieving that objective.
EBA and ESMA call for crypto reguations in EU
EBA and ESMA call for crypto reguations in EU
11 January 2019, 07:37
Tthe European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued separate reports this week, urging the European Commission to provide rules for cryptospace.
Japan Targets Fresh Regulation For Unregistered Crypto Investment Schemes
09 January 2019, 11:38

Like Belgium and the rest of the world, Japan has had its fair share of fraudulent cryptocurrency investment schemes in recent times but will move to stop the rise of such projects by amending its laws.

Australia Freezes BitConnect Promoter's Assets
08 January 2019, 11:18
A little less than one year after BitConnect, a cryptocurrency based Ponzi scheme was busted, its chief representative, John Biggaton is facing a fresh Federal Court case filed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
First Crypto Tax Force Appears In New York
07 January 2019, 23:28
The cryptocurrency industry has once again come to spotlight in New York, with the state now arguably holding the record for creating the country's first crypto tax force. A New York State Assemblyman and the Chairman of the subcommittee on the internet and new technologies, Clyde Vanel, confirmed the latest development via a Facebook update.
Texas Releases Supervisory Memorandum For Crypto
07 January 2019, 22:24
Crypto-related businesses operating within the Southern U.S State of Texas will enjoy some regulatory certainty at the turn of the new year. The region’s department of banking on Jan. 2, released a piece of a document explaining their stance on the new-asset class.
Colorado Senate Could Exclude Crypto From Securities
07 January 2019, 14:33
The bill called the “Colorado Digital Token Act” seeking the exemption of cryptocurrencies from securities law has been submitted for review by the Colorado Senate and could gather momentum in the coming months.
JVCEA is to regulate crypto in Japan
28 December 2018, 13:03
The Japan Virtual Currency Exchanges Association (JVCEA), a group created in April 2018 by cryptocurrency exchange operators in Japan to bring clarity to the industry has achieved a new milestone.
Blockchain Experts in Nigeria Call For Crypto Regulation
27 December 2018, 15:53
Blockchain and cryptocurrency experts in Nigeria has continued their call for regulation of the emerging industry. In a recent meeting organized by crypto exchange, Luno, the enthusiasts reflected mostly on what has been a fruitful beginning for the African crypto industry and looked forward to what is needed to enlarge the coast.
India Likely To Legalize Cryptocurrencies In 2019
26 December 2018, 07:46
The top Indian official who was quoted anonymously by the news source is said to belong to an interdisciplinary committee appointed in 2017, by the Indian Government. This body is primarily tasked with deciding whether the nation will legalize cryptocurrencies or continue with the outright ban which they have placed on it till date.
Prometheum Seeking SEC Compliance Gets $12 Million in Funding
24 December 2018, 16:23
Prometheum, a crypto project that wants to fulfill the SEC’s requirement for issuing security tokens in the U.S had reportedly secured a $12 million investment last week, and now eyes the development of their blockchain network in 2019.
UAE Targets Mid 2019 For ICO Regulation
24 December 2018, 07:41
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will soon add its name to the list of world regions to have provided regulatory certainty for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). The legislative piece is expected to arrive before mid-year in 2019 to provide startups with an alternative source of crowdfunding for their businesses.
The UK Financial Conduct Authority Steps Up Plan To Regulate Crypto-assets
22 December 2018, 16:48
The United Kingdom (U.K) will soon add its name to the list of world jurisdictions that have provided regulation for cryptocurrencies
The US Congressmen Propose “Token Taxonomy Act” To Rescue ICOs From SEC's ‘Security’ Definition
21 December 2018, 08:54
The US Reps Warren Davidson and Darren Soto have followed up on their promise to provide a clear regulatory framework for the country's crypto industry, by releasing a new bill to the House
French Parliament Rejects Proposal To Make Crypto Taxes Favourable To Traders
20 December 2018, 08:45
Tthe lower house of the French parliament refused to approve four changes around crypto taxation laws that were proposed for the country’s 2019 finance bill.
FSMA blacklisted 113 crypto trading sites
FSMA blacklisted 113 crypto trading sites
19 December 2018, 23:14
On Tuesday, Belgium’s Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) added 14 websites to its blacklist of scam crypto sites, bringing the total number of website addresses on the list to 113
Bitsurge and Green Energy Certificates Marked As “Fake”
18 December 2018, 17:30
The Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa (CONSOB), a regulatory body for the Italian securities market has caught up with two allegedly fraudulent crypto investment schemes - Bitsurge Token and Green Energy Certificates.
Japan's FSA Separates Virtual Currencies From Legal Tenders To Avoid Confusion
18 December 2018, 06:54
Japan FSA purportedly agreed to replace the term “virtual currencies” with “crypto-assets” in their future regulatory frameworks for the emerging industry.
Africa's First Security Framework Arrives Courtesy of Raise and A&K Law Firm
Africa's First Security Framework Arrives Courtesy of Raise and A&K Law Firm
17 December 2018, 23:32
The African continent has taken a significant step towards making their mark in the future. Late last week, tech startup Raise, and a Kenyan law firm known as Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K) collaborated to release Africa's first security token framework.
Some ICOs Can Legally Defy SEC Laws — SEC
Some ICOs Can Legally Defy SEC Laws — SEC
17 December 2018, 23:08
Despite the ongoing regulatory clampdown against ICOs for failing to comply with securities law, SEC's senior advisor for digital assets, Valerie A. Szczepanik has confirmed that there are certain situations where tokens could be free from their oversight.
Russia Will Not Make Significant Changes To Draft Crypto Regulations
15 December 2018, 12:41
Ahead of the release of crypto regulations in Russia, deputy prime minister Maxim Akimov has revealed that what will come off as the final piece will not be so different from the draft bill which was approved by the Parliament in May.
South Korea Crypto Exchanges Unite To Improve Ecosystem
14 December 2018, 20:04
The South Korean crypto industry is in line for significant growth in the coming months after local exchanges agreed to collaborate to good effect. The partnering exchanges include Bithumb, Coinone, Korbit, UpBit, Gopax, Coinplug, and Hanbitco who will now work toward the creation of a sound cryptocurrency ecosystem in the country.
Dutch Crypto Exchanges and Wallets To Come Under New AML/CTF Regulations
14 December 2018, 06:27
Cryptocurrency exchanges and wallet providers based in the Netherlands will come under new EU banking regulations proposed in a draft rule by the country’s Ministry of Finance on Dec 11.
France Could Become ‘Blockchain Nation’ With $569m Proposed Budget
13 December 2018, 06:39
French MPs Jean-Michel Mis and Laure de La Raudière had written a report requesting that the French Government release €500,000,000 ($569m) for the development of state-level blockchain infrastructure within the next three years.
CFTC Calls For Public Comments To Improve Their Understanding of Ethereum Blockchain
CFTC Calls For Public Comments To Improve Their Understanding of Ethereum Blockchain
12 December 2018, 14:47
The U.S Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has picked interest in digital assets in recent times and now wants to know more about Ethereum blockchain operates.
SEC Chairman Calls ICO An Effective Fundraising Model
SEC Chairman Calls ICO An Effective Fundraising Model
11 December 2018, 21:45
Jay Clayton made the declaration while speaking to the audience at the SEC Progress Review event for 2018. He admitted, “I believe that ICOs can be effective ways for entrepreneurs and others to raise capital.”
SEC Delay Bitcoin ETF Decision For The Last Time
SEC Delay Bitcoin ETF Decision For The Last Time
10 December 2018, 20:34
A document released by the US SEC last week confirmed that a decision on an application for such a derivative filed by fund manager VanEck and blockchain startup SolidX had been delayed for the third and final time until Feb. 27, 2019
CoinAlpha Advisors Fined $50,000 By SEC
CoinAlpha Advisors Fined $50,000 By SEC
10 December 2018, 18:36
The U.S Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) has compelled CoinAlpha Advisor LLC, a crypto fund manager to pay $50,000 in fines for carrying out an unregistered securities sale to investors.
Warren Davidson Promise Crypto And ICO Regulation For The US
09 December 2018, 18:08
U.S Congressman Warren Davidson has raised hopes of crypto regulations coming to the US after making a promise to introduce a bill that makes cryptocurrencies an “asset class”
Homeland Security To Monitor Privacy Coins
08 December 2018, 14:55
A pre-solicitation notice published by the U.S Department of Homeland Security has shown that the agency needs a solution that can help them analyze blockchain transactions, especially those carried out on privacy-focused cryptocurrencies like Monero and Zcash.
Japan To Reduce Crypto Tax Evasion
08 December 2018, 12:19
Japanese National Tax Agency (NTA) targets residents who make significant profits from crypto trading and refuse to pay the relevant taxes with new crypto tax regulations that will be introduced in 2020.
Signature Bank's Virtual Currency Approved By NYDFS
Signature Bank's Virtual Currency Approved By NYDFS
05 December 2018, 09:43
New York-based Signature Bank has secured approval from the State Department of Financial Services to issue a virtual currency known as “Signets” to its customers.
No STOs In Beijing
No STOs In Beijing
04 December 2018, 20:48
Security Token Offerings (STOs) may be booming anywhere else in the world right now, but not in Beijing where the chief Municipal Bureau of Finance, Huo Xuewen has issued a warning against the fundraising model. While speaking to an audience at a wealth management congress at the weekend, Xuewen explained that it was “illegal” to conduct an STO in Beijing.
G20 To Align Crypto Regulations With FATF
G20 To Align Crypto Regulations With FATF
03 December 2018, 16:25
At a just-concluded G20 Summit held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the body announced as part of its written declaration that they “will regulate crypto-assets for anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism in line with FATF standards and we will consider other responses as needed”.
Thailand Regulators Not Sure How To Classify STOs
Thailand Regulators Not Sure How To Classify STOs
02 December 2018, 17:05
The Thai Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) has successfully come up with a regulatory framework for ICOs, but according to the agency's deputy secretary, some uncertainty still exist on how to group security token offerings (STOs).
Belarus Approves Full Regulatory Framework For Cryptocurrencies
Belarus Approves Full Regulatory Framework For Cryptocurrencies
02 December 2018, 12:12
The European nation has become the latest to roll out regulation for the crypto industry following signed documents released by a special unit in the country know as Belarus High-Technologies Park (HTP)
Dubai To Implement STO Regulations By Q1 2019
Dubai To Implement STO Regulations By Q1 2019
02 December 2018, 06:47
According to Jason King, a managing partner of the Dubai-based firm, Connected Global Strategies (CGS), the country’s regulators have already paved the way for STOs to thrive in the region by creating a regulatory framework for STOs . The government launched the Dubai Blockchain Strategy earlier this year and had sights set on making "Dubai the first city fully powered by Blockchain by 2020".
Malaysia To Introduce Crypto Regulation By Q1 2019
Malaysia To Introduce Crypto Regulation By Q1 2019
01 December 2018, 17:15
Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng confirmed that the Securities Commission is working towards finalizing the regulatory framework which is started developing in early 2018. The regulation is expected until the first quarter of 2019.
Blockvest Claims Preliminary Victory Over SEC Claims
Blockvest Claims Preliminary Victory Over SEC Claims
30 November 2018, 22:32
The U.S Securities Exchanges Commission (SEC) has met its first federal opposition in the recent crackdown against ICO projects. According to law.com, a San Diego District Judge, Gonzalo Curiel denied a request for a preliminary injunction by the SEC against the issuers of Blockvest ICO tokens.
CFTC will subject smart contracts to Commodity Exchange Act CEA and AML
CFTC will subject smart contracts to Commodity Exchange Act CEA and AML
30 November 2018, 05:21
The research arm of the U.S Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) known as LabCFTC has published a new guide about smart contracts. CFTC will subject smart contracts to laws such as the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and anti-money laundering (AML) rules
Pro Crypto and Blockchain Candidate in Nigerian Presidential Elections
Pro Crypto and Blockchain Candidate in Nigerian Presidential Elections
29 November 2018, 02:32
Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president of Nigeria, has stated that if he eventually wins the 2019 presidential election he is to create regulations that will make blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies thrive in the African region
SEC Chairman: Almost All ICOs Are Non-compliant
SEC Chairman: Almost All ICOs Are Non-compliant
28 November 2018, 15:33

The recent clampdown on ICOs is not expected to end soon after the U.S SEC Chairman; Jay Clayton told CNBC reporters that the regulators’ definition of Initial Coin Offerings ICOs) remain the same and projects who fail to meet up to their requirements will still be considered “non-compliant.”

Smart Contracts May Not Be SEC Compliant
Smart Contracts May Not Be SEC Compliant
28 November 2018, 12:20
Speaking to a crypto publication, CryptoBriefing, Ben Wilkening, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Token IQ reckoned that many ICO projects do not know that they are not meeting up to a specific SEC law.
Uganda To Regulate Cryptocurrencies
Uganda To Regulate Cryptocurrencies
27 November 2018, 19:08
The Ugandan Minister of Finance, David Bahati told fellow lawmakers that a Nation Payment System Bill which will provide cover for cryptocurrencies had been drafted. The said draft proposal have gotten approval from the country's Cabinet and should hit the floor of the parliament by next month
Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX) Granted Regulatory License
Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX) Granted Regulatory License
26 November 2018, 20:15

The Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX) a subsidiary of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX), has been licensed by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) as a “DLT services provider.

French Tobacco Stores Selling Of BTC Not Endorsed By Central Bank
French Tobacco Stores Selling Of BTC Not Endorsed By Central Bank
24 November 2018, 11:25
From Jan 1 of 2019, around 4000 French Tobacco stores will get a license to start selling Bitcoin Vouchers issued by KerplerK. French central bank issued a notice that the project was not approved by them but by the ACPR
Singapore’s Central Bank Amends Regulations To Include Bitcoin And Ethereum
Singapore’s Central Bank Amends Regulations To Include Bitcoin And Ethereum
21 November 2018, 16:23
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is expands Payment Services Bill guiding digital payment providers while directly bringing major cryptocurrencies Bitcoin and Ethereum under its watch
Indian Policy on Virtual Currencies Expected Early 2019
Indian Policy on Virtual Currencies Expected Early 2019
21 November 2018, 04:15
Indian will become among the world’s first governments to release draft of cryptocurrencies, ICOs and STOs regulations in early 2019 by Central Bank of India
France Will Introduce Regulations to Make ICOs Pay Taxes
France Will Introduce Regulations to Make ICOs Pay Taxes
20 November 2018, 19:17
France is going to introduce taxes for ICOs. French regulators will screen team behind an ICO and ensure that the startup can pay back investors if their project fails
IMF Pledge To ‘Devote Attention’ To Blockchain Technology
IMF Pledge To ‘Devote Attention’ To Blockchain Technology
13 November 2018, 22:07

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will continue to keep a close eye on the development of blockchain technology according to Deputy General Counsel, Ross Leckow.

Nigeria Crypto Community Calls Out For Regulation
Nigeria Crypto Community Calls Out For Regulation
13 November 2018, 17:54

Just like many nations around the world, the central government of Nigeria and the country’s premier bank have not enforced any regulation for the new industry.

Fake News: China Has Not Reversed Cryptocurrency Ban
Fake News: China Has Not Reversed Cryptocurrency Ban
11 November 2018, 23:37

Fake news has been going round in the past 24 hours after a crypto news publication site reported that the Chinese government reversed a crypto ban imposed in 2017. The fake news report has the title - China Lifts Bitcoin Ban; Individuals and Businesses Can Now Own Cryptocurrencies Legally.

Thailand SEC Will List First ICO on it's 'Portal' Before Year End
Thailand SEC Will List First ICO on it's 'Portal' Before Year End
10 November 2018, 13:50

The Thailand Securities Exchanges Commission is stepping up plans to unveil at least one “ICO Portal” before the end of this month, and according to a Bangkok Post report, the agency wants to list some ICOs on the portal by December.