The EU’s executive physique has betrothed new legislation in a Spring to make certain a exchanges and users of practical banking platforms such as Bitcoin are identifiable and traceable.
The reason? Terrorism. The pierce was announced as partial of a raft of measures to make it harder for terrorists and their backers to pierce around supports and other assets.
“We wish to urge a slip of a many financial means used by terrorists, from money and informative artefacts to practical currencies and unknown pre-paid cards, while avoiding nonessential obstacles to a functioning of payments and financial markets for ordinary, law-abiding citizens,” pronounced European Commission clamp boss Valdis Dombrovskis.
What will this meant in practice? The new legislation would force practical banking platforms to request some-more due industry controls when business are exchanging practical for genuine currencies, by bringing them underneath a range of EU anti-money-laundering laws.
The proposals will be set out in full by mid-year, with a aim of creation them law opposite a EU by a finish of 2017.
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Bye-bye Bitcoin anonymity — during least, in theory.
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