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EU Votes to Ban Cryptocurrency Payments to Hosted Wallets in New AML Law

The EU Parliament’s lead commission has greenlit new AML laws, including a ban on cryptocurrency payments to “hosted wallets” via unidentified self-custody wallets. Patrick Breyer and Gunnar Beck, the two dissenting voices, expressed concerns over the potential impact on financial freedom and the efficacy of such measures in combating crimes. Historically, EU citizens have opposed cash payment prohibitions, emphasizing the importance of anonymity in financial transactions and questioning the effectiveness of such restrictions in curbing criminal activities.

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Coinbase Slams SEC for “Oppressive” Approach to Crypto

Over the last year, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been scrutinized for its antagonistic activities against the cryptocurrency industry, raising concerns about its jurisdiction over the asset class. Last July, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase petitioned the EU to build a specific regulatory framework for the industry. However, the SEC rejected the plan, calling it ‘unwarranted’ and claiming that current securities regulations were adequate for regulating cryptocurrency holdings.

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