Telegram Banned Investors From US and EU Sanctions List

Telegram Open Network in the closed rounds of the ICO refuses to investors who fall under international sanctions
15 March 2018   1088

Persons who fall into any sanctions lists of the United States, Britain, the European Union and the UN Security Council will not be able to take part in any round of the Telegram ICO. As reported by RBK, this is stated in the standard form of the contract for the purchase of Gram between the registered in the British Virgin Islands Telegram Group Inc. and the investor.

The ban also applies to the next of kin of such persons - children, spouses, parents, siblings. In addition, the ICO is prohibited from participating in any citizen who is resident or residing in the territory in respect of which sanctions are common - at the time of writing the agreement they are considered to be Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria.

The document notes that all potential TON investors must undergo the KYC procedure adopted in the financial markets to identify clients and protect them from criminal activities. Within KYC, an individual is provided with such documents as a notarized copy of the passport, proof of residence, a recommendation from the bank, etc.

Separately in the standard agreement between Telegram Group Inc. and the investor states that the buyer of the tokens is not entitled to use them to violate the sanctions regime or money laundering, as well as terrorist financing.

Any illegal use of the Gram cryptocurrency by unscrupulous participants may violate the normative acts adopted in the UK, the US and other countries aimed at combating the financing of terrorism and money laundering. This can seriously affect the global reputation of TON Blockchain.
 

TON ICO Document

However, the documents don't say whether TON itself will track suspicious transactions. 

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SoftBank & Baidu to Invest in Atlas Protocol

Atlas Protocol was created by Nebulas Labs and xGoogler Blockchain Alliance
21 August 2018   130

The Atlas Protocol marketing module (ATP) has completed a round of attracting initial funding, led by SoftBank China Venture Capital (SBCVC), having collected several million dollars during it.

In a multimillion-dollar round, the exact amount of which was not disclosed, Baidu Ventures (BV), Danhua Capital and Fenbushi Digital also took part.

Atlas Protocol was created by Nebulas Labs and xGoogler Blockchain Alliance (xGBA). The "first developer" of Google Adwords, Jeremy Zhao and Columbia University Professor Ronggui Gu will serve as project advisors on technical issues.

Atlas Protocol plans to create a blockchain ecosystem and "to form a new paradigm of interactive marketing." According to the press release, ATP allows you to rank "calculated values ​​on the block and transfer value using tokens" using the ATP Smartdrop service application.

xGoogler Blockchain Alliance was formed in April this year as a community of former Google employees interested in blockchain technology. Its founders were the developers of projects Nebulas, Loopring and Gifto.