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    Coinbase suggests US Treasury reconsider crypto mixing rules, says there is a regulatory gap

    Source Fxstreet
    January 23, 2024 13:00
    • Coinbase filed its comment in response to the US Treasury Department’s FinCEN’s proposed rulemaking to address money laundering concerns. 
    • Coinbase urged the US Treasury to reconsider proposed rules on cryptocurrency mixing. 
    • The exchange platform argues that current rules fail to address the regulatory gap and require large amounts of data from firms. 

    Coinbase, one of the largest crypto exchanges in the US has filed a comment in response to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)’s proposed rulemaking on crypto. The government bureau issued a statement in October, stating that the government body would label crypto mixers as a money laundering concern and combat bad actors that engage in terrorist financing and sanction evasion. 

    The exchange clapped back at the US Treasury’s FinCEN and argued that there is a regulatory gap that is unlikely to be filled by asking crypto firms for unnecessary amounts of data. 

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    Coinbase addresses FinCEN’s crypto rulemaking, highlights gaps in rules

    The FinCEN is taking efforts to combat terrorist financing related to Hamas, Palestinian, Islamic Jihad and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Coinbase commented on the government bureau’s statement and stated that the US Treasury’s proposed rulemaking on crypto mixing does not address a regulatory gap. 

    While the FinCEN demands large amounts of data and resources from crypto firms, it is inadequate to address terrorist financing concerns, and there is a regulatory gap that needs to be filled, according to Coinbase’s statement from January 22. 

    The exchange has urged the US Treasury to reconsider bulk data reporting in the upcoming crypto mixing rules. Regulated platforms are already obligated to recordkeeping on suspicious activities, burdening them with additional data requirement does not directly contribute to tackling terrorist financing concerns. 

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