Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin have become more popular and accepted as investment and way of payments.There are various consumer protections and regulations for cryptocurrency.CFTC regulating the trading of cryptocurrency futures and markets.Securities and Exchange Commission controls new cryptocurrency such as initial coin offerings to make sure they are not dedicated as securities.Paypal now offers cryptocurrency.
What is Cryptocurrency?
Cryptocurrency is imaginary amount that can be used for paying bills.Currently there are more than 4500 cryptocurrencies available in the market.Bitcoin is more famous and share five times the size of its competitor.Bitcoin came into being in 2009.Cryptocurrency can held in digital wallets, transferred, bought and sold.Digital wallets can be hosted by exchange that manages cryptocurrency payments and sales.
Digital Wallets can be unhosted . Digital Wallet owner can forward cryptocurrency amount directly form one member wallet to other.No banks involve and transactions is anonymous.Cryptocurrency have created huge profit for investors there are lot of risks involve and regulation to be consider.There are various investor and consumer protection that deal cryptocurrency.Cryptocurrency continues to gain more popularity and use with in a financial market concern for law enforcement agencies and White House Administration to make strict regulation.
US Law Enforcement agencies and regulators are very much concern about anonymous cryptocurrency transactions.The proposed FinCen regulations focus on the use of unhosted digital wallets which has no impact on average investor.
Current and Proposed Cryptocurrency Regulations
At present in US regulation regarding cryptocurrency are only proposals and are based on the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) of 1970 and Patriot Act.Fincen issued guidance in 2013 to include cryptocurrency exchanges within the definition of a money transmitter making them subject to Patriot Act rules and BSA.In December 2020 FinCen proposed new regulation to control cryptocurrency money laundering.The Biden Administration freeze all pending rules.
Legal Concenrns Using Cryptocurrency
- Cryptocurrency theft and investment fraud.
- Cryptocurrency can cause money laundering and evade taxes.
- Direct use of cryptocurrency commit crime and finance terrorism.