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South Korean regulators tell banks to open the books on cryptocurrency exchanges

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Monetary regulators in South Korea have requested banks to offer data on their dealings with cryptocurrency corporations, an area outlet reported on Wednesday, as authorities search to find out what number of cryptocurrency exchanges function inside the nation’s borders.

An unnamed regulatory physique has requested that banks reveal the company accounts of cryptocurrency exchanges that haven’t already carried out real-name accounts for its cryptocurrency prospects. Solely the 4 largest exchanges in South Korea have so far arrange real-name accounts, whereas the remainder have till now been working beneath the radar.

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“At present, cryptocurrency exchanges can function with out permission from the federal government, which is why it’s troublesome to establish the precise variety of cryptocurrency exchanges. One technique to discover out is to trace company financial institution accounts that accumulate prospects’ funds,” an nameless trade official explained to The Korea Herald.

Estimates counsel there are between 100–200 cryptocurrency exchanges that stay outdoors the purview of the federal government. Any companies which nonetheless haven’t registered their actions by Sept. 24 shall be liable to fall foul of the revised Act on Reporting and Utilizing Specified Monetary Transaction Data, and will withstand 5 years in jail.

The revised legislation would require cryptocurrency exchanges to determine applicable safety administration programs, type clear partnerships with native banks, and lodge experiences with authorities authorities.