Smart Contract Devs Liable for How dApps are Used: CFTC’s Quintenz

One of the top markets regulators in the United States said yesterday that he believes smart contract developers should in some instances be held liable when their blockchain applications are used in conjunction with illegal activities. Brian Quintenz, a commissioner at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), made this statement on Monday at the GITEX

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Cryptocurrency Needs More Regulation than other Commodities: Fmr. CFTC Chair

Former Commodity Futures Commission Chairman Gary Gensler, who helmed the organization from mid-2009 to early 2014, recently shared his opinions on cryptocurrency regulation in a Bloomberg interview. Need For Regulation Gensler was asked about the validity of blockchain technology, and the regulator-turned-blockchain-lecturer stated outright that it “has a real chance to be a catalyst for

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Kenyan Government to Use Blockchain to Distribute Affordable Housing

The Kenyan government plans to leverage blockchain technology for the distribution of new government-funded housing units, according to reports from local news outlet the Star. The Kenyan National Housing Fund will finance the initiative under the Finance Act 2018, and it plans to create an efficient allocation of the houses to those who need it

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Total Ban on Crypto Exchanges Unnecessary: Hong Kong Regulator

Cryptocurrency Hong KongThe outgoing chairman of Hong Kong’s securities regulator has – unlike China – ruled out a total ban on domestic cryptocurrency exchanges, suggesting formal regulations instead. Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) is drawing plans in reaction to the growing appetite for cryptocurrencies like bitcoin among retail investors and traders – by regulating the

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North Dakota Regulator Issues Cease and Desists Against 3 ICOs

The North Dakota Securities Department last week issued cease-and-desist orders against three companies promoting initial coin offering (ICO) in the state. Karen Tyler, the Securities Commissioner, named Crystal Token, Advertiza Holdings (Pty) Ltd., and Life Cross Coin aka LifecrosscoinGmbH, as the latest offenders involved in illegal business practices related to cryptocurrencies. Investigations found that the accused

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UK: Cryptocurrency Regulations May Take 2 Years for Lawmakers to Draft

bitcoin britain uk cryptocurrencyCryptocurrency regulations in the UK could take up to 24 months to be introduced according to a legal expert at a UK based law firm. James Kaufmann, Legal Director at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) UK, while commenting on the subject in a statement published by his company, said it could take two years to introduce such

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IMF: Rapid Growth of Bitcoin and Crypto Will Impact Global Financial System

IMF BitcoinThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) has stated in a recently released report that the rapid growth of Bitcoin and crypto could impact the international finance system. The report entitled “World Economic Outlook: Challenges to Steady Growth” published by the IMF read: “Cybersecurity breaches and cyberattacks on critical financial infrastructure represent an additional source of risk

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Bitcoin is Not a Legal Tender in Zambia, Says Central Bank

Zambia’s central bank has said that cryptocurrencies like bitcoin aren’t legal tender in the country. The Bank of Zambia (BoZ), responsible for creating and implementing monetary policies for the world’s 105th largest economy, explained their stance against the use of cryptocurrencies in contrast to the growing public interests in the field. The central bank admitted

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SEC Halts Fraudulent ICO that Falsely Claimed Regulatory Approval

SEC ICO CryptocurrencyThe U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on Thursday that it had obtained an emergency court order to halt an initial coin offering (ICO) that fraudulently claimed to have SEC approval. According to the complaint, which was filed under seal on Oct. 3, Blockvest LLC and its founder — Reginald Buddy Ringgold, III, aka

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South Korea Remains Firm on ICO Ban Despite Calls for Legality, For Now

South Korea ICOThe chairman of South Korea’s primary markets regulator has reaffirmed the authority’s initial coin offering (ICO) ban in a top-level meeting on Thursday. Financial Services Commission (FSC) Chairman Choi Jong-ku has told lawmakers during the annual government audit in a parliamentary meeting that the authority will stick to its policy of a sweeping blanket ban

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