The Central Bank of Laos is in today’s altcoin news for warning the public against the use, purchase and sale of digital currencies, as reports from the local news outlet Vientiane Times show on May 21.
Also known as The Bank of the Lao PDR, the Central Bank of Laos issued a warning to the financial market participants against the public – going directly to confront the cryptocurrency transactions as they are considered illegal in the country. Previously, the bank banned financial institutions from conducting operations with cryptocurrencies and making investments in such assets.
“The Central Bank of Laos and its Transaction System Management Department recently issued the warning after learning that cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin have been advertised for use on social media despite the fact that the central bank has banned the use of these currencies.”
Meanwhile, the latest cryptocurrency news also show the public which seems concerned about the anonymity of the sender and receiver in a crypto transaction. This fact worries because of the increased risk of digital assets and cryptocurrencies in the money laundering practices. However, a source familiar with the matter recently spoke and told Vientiane Times that authorities don’t have a relevant security system that will protect cryptocurrency holders.
Even though countries such as Canada, Malta and Switzerland have embraced the new asset class to different degrees, officials around the globe still express their skepticism towards crypto and hardliners call for outright bans on the use of digital assets.
In the US, the situation is not similar to the Central Bank of Laos as the legal status of crypto varies from state to state. The best cryptocurrency news sites recently reported that the California Congressman Brad Sherman called for a full ban on cryptocurrencies. He also claimed that cryptocurrency presents a threat to the power of the US dollar and affects world economic developments.
In April this year, we also reported a situation similar to the Bank of Laos in India – where the government was considering a complete ban of cryptocurrencies under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act since it could reportedly be used for money laundering. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs then stated that cryptocurrencies are used in fraudulent schemes to ‘defraud gullible investors.’
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"They have to now set up a new legal entity since January 1 has passed," explains Philipp Sandner, who is a professor at the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center. "But this new legal entity would be illegal for custody, trading and issuing."The new laws show that Germany increases costs and that all companies founded after January 1 will need a BaFin license to offer these services. Meanwhile, the companies founded before January 1, 2020 will benefit from 'grandfathering' until November 2020.The cost of acquiring a BaFin license could be prohibitive for new startups, both Sandner and one lawyer explained.
"For companies (be it startups or larger companies such as banks), the license induces costs of approx. USD 250,000," they say. "Not every startup will be able to bear these costs. The small startups might be driven out of the market; the larger ones and the incumbents will probably apply for the license."As Germany increases costs for crypto firms, many wonder why is this the case. The truth is, the government is sought to introduce a law which might end up driving startups "out of the market" as experts noted.Both experts noted that the government had the opposite intention in mind and wants to encourage mainstream adoption of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, rather than leaving these sectors open for unregulated firms. However, the costs at this point are big for many crypto firms which is why the crypto climate in Germany is not that good.Meanwhile, the latest Bitcoin price news show that the cryptocurrency has fallen by 6% due to the situation in China.
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- Whether or not an investment contract is being offered in a securities transaction
- Whether an investment contract is a commodity which can be sold in a traditional commercial transaction
“If a developer team retains certain assets and sells it to investors, it falls into the definition of security. I think that the U.S. legislation must be shaped to take into regard emerging technologies and new business models that hadn’t been present not only in the days of SEC creation but also during the judicial battles on security definitions.”The crypto industry has been witnessing an enormous amount of interest around stablecoins, a digital offering which presents users with all of the various advantages of cryptocurrencies all while having their values pegged to a stable fiat asset such as the US dollar, the Euro and others.
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“iCloud is now officially a surveillance tool. Apps that are relying on it to store your private messages (such as WhatsApp) are part of the problem.”Durov's post refers to a report which claims that Apple dropped its long-running plans to allow iPhone users to encrypt backups of their devices in the iCloud. As Reuters also reported, the tech giant has given up its end-to-end encryption plans following the FBI's report on it in which they said that such a feature would harm investigators.The report is viral in the crypto news now and cites even six anonymous sources, noting that Apple had to drop its plans two years ago but the issue has not been reported previously. Even though Apple shifted its focus to protecting some of the "most sensitive user information" such as saved passwords, backed-up texts from apps like WhatsApp or iMessage remain available to many employees and authorities in the tech firm, Reuters wrote.All of this comes after the US President, Donald Trump, bashed Apple in a tweet in which he argued that the company “refuses to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements."https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1217228960964038658?s=20The CEO of Telegram Durov wants all of this to be understood by the public. As we already saw, the company wants to position itself as a global fighter for privacy and directly oppose tech giants such as Facebook and Google. Durov's claims reinforce the company's focus on ensuring "real privacy."Launched in 2013, Telegram is a cloud-based messaging app which strives to provide secure encryption and protect more users from third parties like marketers, advertisers and officials.
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