The EU wants to ban anonymous crypto wallets to counter money-laundering and terrorism financing
- The EU wants ban anonymous
cryptotransactions to counter money launderingand terrorismfinancing.
- The package, published Tuesday, consists of four legislative proposals.
- The proposals apply to all cryptocurrencies and to all crypto-asset services.
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Amendments include requiring the name, address, date of birth, and account number of the sender of crypto asset, and the name of the recipient."The Commission will also provide law enforcement authorities with access to this system, speeding up financial investigations and the recovery of criminal assets in cross-border cases," the proposal said, referring to the information it will collect.
The proposed measures apply to all cryptocurrencies and to all crypto-asset services."The fight against money laundering and terrorist financing is vital for financial stability and security in Europe," the proposal said. "Legislative gaps in one Member State have an impact on the EU as a whole." The package is up for approval by the European Parliament and European Council, with the goal to have the new EU body operational by 2024.
Cryptocurrencies have been at the center of recent high profile cyberattacks, demanded as ransom by criminals because transactions are either anonymous or difficult to trace.
In the US, the Biden administration is said to be ramping up efforts to trace cryptocurrencies used in cyberattacks and is planning to offer bounties of up to $10 million for information that will help catch criminals.
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