The latest news around regulation on our DC Forecasts crypto news site shows that South Korea will be deciding whether initial coin offerings (ICOs) will be approved or rejected again in the country, according to a statement from a top-level official.
According to Hong Nam-ki who is head of the office for government policy coordination first addressed this issue during the National Assembly’s annual audit on government actions, telling lawmakers that the topic must be reviewed in the coming months.
Hong also added that the Financial Services Commission (FSC) which is South Korea’s market watchdog has been conducting surveys on ICOs since September. As CoinDesk Korea then reported, he stated the following:
“We are going to form the position of the government in November based on the results of the investigation at the end of October.”
The official was also responding to the question regarding ICO permission that was raised by Jeon Haecheol, a lawmaker from the ruling Democratic Part, voicing the support for lifting the current ICO ban. As he said during the questioning:
“If we waste time, the blockchain industry could face huge difficulties. We need to look at very realistic and specific ways to nurture the blockchain industry, and I think permitting ICO is one of them.”
“Many people say ICO should be allowed, but ICO’s uncertainty remains, and the damage is too serious and obvious.”
In May this year, lawmakers from the National Assembly, which is the country’s legislative arm, pushed for a removal of the ICO ban. According to recent reports, the FSC is actively investigating token sales projects with a questionnaire that seeks information on extensive project details as part of its efforts to review the ICO ban case.
Crypto Exchanges In Bulgaria Are Investigated: Government Asks For 10% On Profits
Accounts Of The First Digital Bank In India Closed After Involving In Crypto-Related Activity
“I've been a user of DBS' Digibank for a year. Although I regularly used Kotak Mahindra Bank for my cryptocurrency transactions, I used Digibank only 7 times throughout the year. On January 14th, I received multiple messages from my twitter [sic] followers regarding an account closure notice by Digibank. I checked my mailbox and found the mail myself.”However, Digibank stated:
“Reserve Bank of India through their public notices have warned/advised the public regarding risks associated with virtual currencies. We reiterated the same vide our emails dated 4th May 2018 and 2nd Aug 2019, cautioning our account holders [against] the risks associated [...] and that DBS accounts and debit cards should not be used for their purchase or any kind of dealings.”Many other users responded to the allegations that not only Digibank but many other banks are doing the same as well.
BitMex Pulls The Plug On Trading Accounts In Quebec And The US
‘’The development comes at the same time as the Hong Kong-based company notifying users in North Korea, Iran, Syria, Cuba, Sudan and Sevastopol in the Crimea since the fourth quarter of 2018 against holding positions or trading on BitMEX, as these are restricted jurisdictions.’’It seems like BitMex only wants to cover its back and provide protection for their users against regulatory crackdowns. However, the exchange decided to pull the plug on the trading accounts after the Canadian regulatory body has announced the BitMex is operating illegally in Canada:
‘’BitMEX is not registered with the AMF and is therefore not authorized to have activities in the province of Quebec. We informed this company that its activities were illegal.’’There is still no explanation why the exchange decided to shut down the trading accounts in the US. Many believe that the exchange does so because of the same strict crypto regulations. We are still expecting a comment from BitMex since it seems like there is almost a billion dollars worth of crypto still on the platform.
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