Stephen Barclay, economic secretary to Britain’s Treasury, told parliament in a notice dated Nov. 3 - but only reported by media on Monday - that the amendments “bring virtual currency exchange platforms and custodian wallet providers into Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing regulation.”
That would mean those companies would be overseen by national competent authorities, the statement said.
The main U.S. derivatives regulator said on Friday it would allow CME Group Inc (CME.O) and CBOE Global Markets Inc (CBOE.O) to list Bitcoin futures contracts, opening the door to added regulation.
Australia has also said it would strengthen its money- laundering laws by bringing Bitcoin providers under the government’s financial intelligence unit.
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