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FinCen's Power Grab Creates New Problems for Cryptocurrencies

Amidst the regulatory blitz of President Biden’s first few weeks, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) quietly took further steps to regulate cryptocurrencies. While the White House was busy freezing all other pending rules, FinCEN was moving forward with the extension of a new rule that would require banks and money services businesses (MSB’s) to record and disclose the identities of individuals involved in crypto transactions. Although the proposed rule only targets transactions over $10,000, it nevertheless represents an existential threat to cryptocurrencies as we know them, and has prompted outrage from the crypto community.

02/24/2021
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Hands Off My Crypto! | Regulation Of The Month

02/10/2021
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FreedomWorks Foundation Submits Comments on Cryptocurrency Disclosure

Today, FreedomWorks Foundation submitted a formal comment opposing a proposed rule by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) regarding cryptocurrency. The proposed rule would require banks and other organizations to identify, and keep records of, all individuals who use either hosted or unhosted cryptocurrency wallets. As we pointed out in our comment excerpted below, although FinCEN has corrected their procedural errors from the first version of this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the contents of this notice present an existential threat to cryptocurrencies as a whole. Not only would this proposal amount to centralizing a decentralized currency, but it would create massive security and surveillance risks that would be otherwise impossible.

02/10/2021
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FreedomWorks Foundation Submits Comments on Cryptocurrency Regulation

Today, FreedomWorks Foundation submitted a formal comment opposing a proposed rule by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) regarding cryptocurrency. The proposed rule would require banks and other organizations to identify, and keep records of, all individuals who use either hosted or unhosted cryptocurrency wallets.

01/04/2021
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Regulatory Acceptance of Stablecoins Signals Big Changes on the Horizon

A major piece of guidance issued recently by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is already making waves in financial circles. This directive allows banks and federal savings associations to hold deposits as reserves for stablecoins that are backed one-to-one by a fiat currency. Although this order is very limited in scope, it represents a pivotal move towards an innovative regulatory framework and signals the future inclusion of commodity-backed stablecoins.

10/05/2020
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Freedom File 026: Rep. Warren Davidson

01/29/2019
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If You Build the Blockchain, Regulators Will Come

The hardest part of drafting any new regulation is establishing a definition. In fact, most of the policy work is in the definition and there are alarmingly few policy considerations after something is defined as a covered entity. The definition of cryptocurrency has already proved problematic for regulators. Essentially, to commodities regulators, virtual currency is a commodity. For bank regulators, it is a bank. For securities regulators, it is a security. For those who regulate money transmitters, it is a money transmitter. For the purpose of property taxes, it is a property. Everyone wants a stake in the new world of virtual currency.

07/12/2016