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De-Anonymization and Stricter Oversight on Cryptocurrency – EU

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The feeling of a legislation crack-down on the European Union has started to spread around as the EP [European Parliament] updated the “Fourth Anti-money Laundering Directive” [2015] to put it provisions mandating more-pressured overlooking on virtual currencies-use in the EU Bloc.

To be clear, Bitcoin and cryptocurrency use in general isn’t being banned in the EU member states, but the new legislative updates are geared around de-anonymizing Bitcoin use in Europe.

That is because the modified Directive now mandates that cryptocurrency platforms and cryptocurrency wallet clients have to record, and reveal if necessary, users’ identities.

That fact alone will be enough to have European Bitcoiners antsy, in the very least. Libertarian investors certainly aren’t going to be happy.

The figures leading the new movement do support the idea that it should not be surprising as it comes from concerns over crime and terrorism.

Per Věra Jourová, European Union Commissioner for Justice:

“Today’s agreement will bring more transparency to improve the prevention of money laundering and to cut off terrorist financing.”

Opposite sided countries towards the updated and stricter regulation include fintech-reliant hubs like:

  • Britain
  • Cyprus
  • Ireland
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta

And beyond de-anonymizing users, other updates to the 2015 Directive include:

  • new restrictions on using pre-paid debit cards to buy cryptocurrencies
  • new transparency criteria for organizations (funds, companies) buying crypto
  • new accessibility to exchange records for domestic investigators
  • new accessibility to information on the beneficiaries of crypto-based trusts

Cryptocurrency users are going to face the new rules in the upcoming weeks which are part of the EU. However, as the Gold Rush and Fearing on Missing Out frenzy is on its peak right now while being poked by the mainstream factor, it seems like there is no much room for slowing them down by the restrictions.

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