The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee voted to approve the Blockchain Promotion Act of 2019 on July 12, giving the Commerce Department one year to come up with “a recommended definition of the distributed ledger technology commonly known as ‘’blockchain technology.’”
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called cryptocurrencies a “national security issue” that threatens to enable drug dealers, human traffickers, and terrorists during a press conference Monday.
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) issued a final recommendation on June 24 that effectively forces all 38 member countries—and many others besides—to impose strict anti-money laundering (AML) requirements with substantial know your customer (KYC) data on cryptocurrencies that attempt to end the anonymity built into their DNA ever since Bitcoin.
Part of Bitfinex’s “missing” $850 million is now in the hands of the U.S. Department of Justice. Meanwhile, a controversial businessman was arrested for falsely setting up accounts that let exchanges—including Bitfinex, based on claims in the indictment—skirt bank rules and the law.