AML BitCoin is being designed by the NAC Foundation. AML BitCoin will have anti-money laundering, anti-terrorism and theft-resistant properties built into the code of the coin and will be compliant with a host of laws.
Cyprus is tightening its cryptocurrency regulations by introducing hefty penalties for non-compliance. The government aims to align with international AML/CFT standards and has submitted a legislative amendment for review. All crypto service providers must register with CySEC, facing fines or imprisonment for non-compliance.
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) announces the launch of HKEX Synapse, a settlement acceleration platform designed to improve market efficiency and transparency for Northbound Stock Connect participants. The platform, set to launch on October 9, 2023, will employ DAML smart contracts to streamline post-trade operations. The move aims to enhance real-time data synchronization and scalability for asset managers, brokers, and other market participants.
Polygon has launched the Solution Provider Network (SPN) to facilitate real-time connections between developers and essential infrastructure like oracles, bridges, RPC providers, and wallets, enhancing visibility and credibility within the Polygon ecosystem.
SlowMist, a renowned blockchain security firm, has recently published its mid-2023 report on Blockchain Security and Anti-Money Laundering (AML). The report offers a comprehensive overview of the current global landscape of blockchain security and AML developments.
Nearly 400 virtual asset service providers (VASPs) have shut down in Estonia due to enhanced Anti-Money Laundering laws. The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) revoked the authorizations of almost 190 firms for non-compliance. The remaining 100 active crypto firms had issues with misleading company information, including falsified professional backgrounds and copied business plans.
The Hong Kong Securities Futures Commission (SFC) plans to release guidelines for cryptocurrency exchange licensing next month, in support of trading services to retail investors by June 1. AML/KYC regulatory requirements were key considerations in the consultation process. Some trading platforms have already received licenses, while others have chosen to cease operations.
The US Treasury conducted a risk assessment of DeFi, finding it lacking in AML/CFT compliance, and reported money laundering, scammers, and North Korean hackers benefiting from the sector. The Treasury response to Biden's executive order suggests more regulation for DeFi, including compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act.
DeFi executives at the WOW Summit in Hong Kong endorse KYC as a solution to tackle AML issues and combat hackers laundering stolen funds into clean money. However, there are concerns that KYC alone will not solve all AML problems and that different mechanisms should be used for different solutions.