The rule was first proposed at the end of 2020 by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the U.S. money laundering watchdog. If enacted, crypto exchanges would be required to collect names and home addresses, among other personal details, from anyone hoping to transfer cryptocurrencies to their own private wallets.
Industry advocates said they were concerned that the rules might be impossible for certain wallets to comply with because they are not controlled by people and therefore are not tied to this personal information. Others were also concerned that the requirement might be overly burdensome for individuals to comply with.
The rule was driven by then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, rather than FinCEN itself. The original proposal was published on Treasury’s website, and not FinCEN’s. The watchdog only posted the proposed rule when the comment period was extended.
The Treasury Department, which is now overseen by Secretary Janet Yellen, revealed that the rule might be considered in this semiannual agenda of regulations, set to be formally published in the Federal Register on Jan. 31. The agenda outlines priorities for the Treasury Department, but it does not indicate that the rules will for sure be implemented, or that they will be implemented as-is. Rather, the agenda is a tool that signals things Treasury will work on over the next six months.
“FinCEN is proposing to amend the regulations implementing the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) to require banks and money service businesses (MSBs) to submit reports, keep records, and verify the identity of customers in relation to transactions involving convertible virtual currency (CVC) or digital assets with legal tender status (‘legal tender digital assets’ or ‘LTDA’) held in unhosted wallets, or held in wallets hosted in a jurisdiction identified by FinCEN,” the document said.
A timetable in the section suggests that FinCEN aims to finalize the rule by the end of August, if they choose to finalize it.
The proposed rule originally had an unusually short 15-day comment period, further stirring controversy among industry advocates. Typically comment periods are between 30 and 90 days, though some rules may have 120-day comment periods.
In public notices, FinCEN twice extended the comment period, first for another 15 days and later for a further 60 days.
In that first extension, FinCEN treated the rule’s provisions as two separate issues. One of these provisions sought to impose currency transaction report (CTR) rules on crypto transactions to unhosted wallets. Financial institutions currently file CTRs for customers who transact with over $10,000 in a single day.
The personal data rule, referred to as the counterparty data collection rule, would apply to customers transferring over $3,000 in crypto per day to private wallets.
It is this second rule which led to industry backlash, including several thousand comments filed as a response. FinCEN may need to issue a new comment period to address these responses before implementing the counterparty data collection rule.
A FinCEN spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment on whether the agency is considering the overall rule or the provisions individually. However, a link on the Federal Register page leads to the original proposed rule from Dec. 23, 2020.
The Federal Reserve and FinCEN also plan to “clarify the meaning of ‘money’” under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) as it pertains to digital assets, ensuring that digital asset transactions are subject to the same BSA rules that their fiat counterparts might be.
“The Agencies intend that the revised proposal will ensure that the rules apply to domestic and cross-border transactions involving convertible virtual currency, which is a medium of exchange (such as cryptocurrency) that either has an equivalent value as currency, or acts as a substitute for currency, but lacks legal tender status,” the document said.
Further, the BSA rules will also apply to any digital asset transactions that “have legal tender status,” the document said.
Algorand Has Appointed JPMorgan high-flyer Staci Warden As Its New CEO.
Algorand appoints new CEO Staci Warden
“I am excited to build on everything the Foundation has achieved to date, and will be focused on scaling our commitment to our community and our global partners,” she said.
“1.7 billion people in the world do not have access to finance, and the Algorand protocol has the speed, the security, and the decentralisation to address the problem of global financial inclusion at scale.
“By both ratcheting up our global ambitions as well as doubling down on our commitment to the DeFi ecosystem, I know that we will deliver tremendous value for both the Algorand ecosystem as a whole and the end-users it supports.”
The appointment of a new CEO marks an end to the leadership of outgoing Algorand CEO Sean Lee.
Lee served as CEO of the blockchain for 18 months and played a pivotal role in cementing Algorand’s market position throughout the sensational explosion in crypto markets in 2021.
During his time at the helm of Algorand, Lee prioritised community governance and sewed the seeds for the future of the ALGO ecosystem through the Accelerated Vesting program and launch of Viridis and Aeneas DeFi funding programs.
Commenting on his departure, Lee revealed he will be moving on to other projects in the crypto industry.
“I’ve decided to leave the Algorand Foundation to pursue new opportunities in the blockchain space,” said Lee.
“Seeing the transformative potential of the applications being built on Algorand, now is the time for me to explore those avenues.
“I have deep confidence in Staci’s ability to lead the Algorand Foundation and the Algorand ecosystem through its next growth phase.”
Manchester United selects Tezos as official blockchain partner
Manchester United selects Tezos as official blockchain partner
Tezos-branded training kit will be worn by the first team squad prior to this weekend’s match against Southampton, introducing Manchester United fans to the partnership and Web3 technology through the Tezos blockchain.
Victoria Timpson, Manchester United’s CEO of Alliances and Partnerships, said it was an exciting partnership for Manchester United “because it aligns us with one of the most advanced, reliable and sustainable blockchains in an area of technology which promises to truly revolutionise the way that everyone, including the club and our fans, can interact”.
“We are especially pleased to be partnering with one of the most eco-friendly blockchains, using technology that is energy-efficient, limits carbon emissions and lowers costs, consistent with the Club’s wider efforts to promote environmental sustainability,” she said.
“Partnerships are at the core of our strength as a club, supporting the drive for success on the pitch, and we are delighted to welcome Tezos as the latest industry leader to join our family of partners.”
Edward Adlard, Head of Adoption and Business Development, Tezos Ecosystem added that, throughout its history, Manchester United had constantly evolved, with the support of its global community of fans and partners.
“Tezos will enable Manchester United to use blockchain and Web3 to transform fan, player, team, and partner engagement,” he said.
“The decision by the world’s greatest football club to select Tezos as its blockchain of choice is further validation that thoughtful design paired with strong security, low gas fees, and community-led innovation are the essential factors driving the next wave of adoption in the new digital revolution.”
In addition to the Tezos branding on the club’s training kit, the partnership will also include several new fan experiences built on the Tezos blockchain and a pledge to support Manchester United Foundation with ongoing donations in TEZ – the native currency of the Tezos blockchain – to train, educate and inspire young people within the local community.
Shiba Inu Announces Virtual Real Estate on Shiberse Ecosystem
Shiba Inu Announces Virtual Real Estate on Shiberse Ecosystem
In an attempt to enter the metaverse in 2022, the meme coin Shiba Inu has unfurled its virtual real estate ‘Shiba Lands’. The new realm of real estate will be available for public auction or purchase soon.
In this new venture, SHIB token holders can own a part of the Shiberse metaverse. Meanwhile, the meme coin has yet to confirm the advantages of owning the lands in its metaverse. So far, the project said that people owning land in Shiba Real Estate would gain a lot of benefits.
As tweeted by Watcher Guru, a media covering crypto news, Shiba Inu will declare the purchase period of virtual real estate soon.
To prevent high gas fees, which happened in the Shiboshi NFT launch 2021, the Shiberse ecosystem will create a queue system for its land release. The queue system can process the sale more smoothly and in a much fair manner for customers.
LEASH coin holders will get priority access to the queue in the first period of land release. Afterward, the queue will be open to the public.
Shiba Inu has stated in its blog ShibaSwap:
This queue allows exclusivity by requiring interested parties to hold “$LEASH“, which gives priority and exclusive access to this first selling phase of the land plots in our Metaverse. In addition to the queue, we also have worked on an anti-dump system in order to protect $LEASH holders. The remaining lands will then unlock, and become available for the public after this exclusive selling process finalizes.
To highlight, the Shiba Land properties will initially be auctioned. Here, users can bid their land and location soon after the project announces the date of auction.
Earlier, virtual platforms like Decentraland, Gala Games, Sandbox, and Axie Infinity had fixed their position in the metaverse. Now, Shiberse has marked its growth in the metaverse which plows for more competition among other meta platforms.
Despite being the latest entry to the metaverse, Shiba Inu has gained wide attention from investors who believe in its developing potential.
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