Japanese regulators plan more raids

Following the massive hack of Coincheck several virtual currency marketplaces are under scrutiny
08 February 2018   650

Japan’s Financial Services Agency intensifies oversight in hopes the businesses will take stronger security measures for consumers’ protection. On-site inspections are planned for this week, as earlier operators were asked to report on asset management, corporate governance and security. However, many companies provided vague details on their business model or were found to have low security measures in terms of asset management.

Without the scrutiny of the regulator and also the lack of professionals in cybersecurity and internal auditing on the market may lead a slow pace of the improvement. Hopefully, the planned raids will make the necessary push for more security and stronger safety in the virtual currency industry. A reprimand will lead to disciplinary measures such as improvement orders

In the race for customers’ attention, many operators didn’t properly address the security consequences of such actions.Among the total 32 cryptocurrency exchanges, Coincheck is currently one of the 16 platforms that are not formally registered with the FSA because the operation started before the cryptocurrency law went into effect last April in Japan.

SEC to Need More Info on BTC ETF

SEC is gathering more input from the public – to date, according to the agency, more than 1,400 comments have been submitted
21 September 2018   183

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the beginning of a formal process for considering the application for the creation of bitcoin-ETF from the New York companies VanEck and SolidX. Nevertheless, the agency appealed to the community for more information. This is stated in the document published on the SEC website.

Institution of such proceedings is appropriate at this time in view of the legal and policy issues raised by the proposed rule change. Institution of proceedings does not indicate that the Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to any of the issues involved. Rather, as described below, the Commission seeks and encourages interested persons to provide comments on the proposed rule change.
 

The US Securities and Exchange Commission

At the moment, the SEC received about 1,400 comments.

According to the document, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) has signed an agreement on the exchange of data on bitcoin transactions, trading and the state of the market with the cryptocurrency trading platform with Gemini.

The agency asked commentators to clarify the position of Gemini in the digital currency market and assess the likelihood of increased volatility at this site in connection with possible trades of bitcoin-ETF.

So, before September 30, the department had to decide on whether to approve, deny or initiate the proceedings. The SEC chose the latter, which is likely to delay the process until the next year.