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Darknet references may accelerate de-anonymisation trend

The criminal investigator of the shootings in Munich references the 'darknet' as the possible market where the David Sonboly, the perpetrator of the killings in the Olympia shopping centre in Munich, may have acquired...

EU Ministers Jittering over Bitcoin After Paris Attacks

European Union member states plan to "crackdown" on digital currencies, anonymous payments and pre-paid cards in effort to combat terrorism financing in the wake of the Paris attacks, according to a draft memo shown to...

Estonian Court confirms AML licensing requirement

Estonian Supreme Court this week confirmed on 11 April that digital currency exchanges are subject to anti-money laundering (AML) supervision. Uku Tampee from the Police and Border Guard Board states that services which provide alternative...

Crypto Compliance Tools – a Growth Industry?

The EU Commission recognised back in October 2015 (regarding virtual currencies) that “Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) are often lagging behind when tackling criminal activities supported by "advanced" technologies.” They suggested to provide grant funding (up to EUR5m) to...

EU Update on Application of Enhanced Due Diligence to VC Exchanges

Bitlegal has been in communication with the EU commission surrounding the regulation of digital currency exchanges under 4AMLD. We have been concerned that the requirement from FATF that enhanced due diligence measures (EDD) be conducted...

EU to Regulate Cryptocurrency Exchanges

EU Commission to push forward implementation of 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4AMLD). EU Commission has also tabled amendments to 4AMLD to regulate all cryptocurrency exchanges in EU.Also mentioned they will look into whether to regulate exchanges...

European Court of Justice rules that Bitcoin is VAT exempt.

Following the appeal of David Hedqvist against the decision of the Swedish Tax Authority (Skatterverket) to tax Bitcoin transactions, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) have ruled that such transactions should be; "exempt from VAT...

On the Cusp of a EU Digital Currency Taskforce

You may recall that a Report was produced by Jakob Von Weizsäcker to set up a Virtual Currency Taskforce. This is being voted on today in the EU Parliament. If passed (which is most...

EU Commission Proposal: Virtual Currency Exchanges and Custodians to be Regulated under 4AMLD by...

The EU Commission has proposed an amendment (Proposal) to Article 2 of Directive 2015/849, namely the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4AMLD), “in order to add to the list of obliged entities virtual currency...