The increasing usage of Bitcoin and blockchain technology in today’s economy is posing a challenge to the governments. With the current legal and regulatory environment set to address the issues related to conventional economic systems, governments are still stuck at finding ways to include digital currencies and distributed ledger systems into it.
According to George Takach, a senior partner at McCarthy Tetrault LLP, it is just a matter of time for the law to catch up with technological innovation. In an article on one of the online law magazines, he compares Bitcoin and blockchain technology to the internet a few decades ago. He compares the regulatory scenario in Canada with that of few states in the United States. While the State of New York rushed with a half-baked BitLicense, the Canadian government has opted for a wait and watch approach. So far, the Canadian regulatory bodies have only issued directives for countering money laundering using digital currencies.
Each state and country react differently to new technologies, especially the disruptive ones. Takach gives the State of Utah’s reaction to the introduction of Public Key Encryption in the 1990s. The regulations introduced by the state in