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EU will force data collection on Bitcoin

by on21 July 2021

Will be traceable or be banned 

Proposed changes to EU law would force companies that transfer Bitcoin or other crypto-assets to collect details on the recipient and sender.

According to the BBC, the proposals would make crypto-assets more traceable and would help stop money-laundering and the financing of terrorism.

The new rules would also prohibit providing anonymous crypto-asset wallets. The Commission argued that crypto-asset transfers should be subject to the same anti-money-laundering rules as wire transfers.

"Given that virtual assets transfers are subject to similar money-laundering and terrorist-financing risks as wire funds transfers.  It is logical to use the same legislative instrument to address these common issues", the Commission wrote.

While some crypto-asset service providers are already covered by anti-money-laundering rules, the new proposals would "extend these rules to the entire crypto-sector, obliging all service providers to conduct due diligence on their customers", the Commission explained.

Under the proposals, a company transferring crypto-assets for a customer would be obliged to include name, address, date of birth and account number, and the name of the recipient. To become law, the proposals will need the agreement of member states and the European Parliament.

The proposals could take two years to become law.

Last modified on 21 July 2021
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