Reuters reports that the central bank of the Netherlands intends to start regulatory procedures targeted at companies that provide customers with services in the crypto industry.
The process will begin on January 10, 2020. Companies will have to pass a full registration procedure. All crypto exchanges and crypto wallet providers will have to comply if they wish to stay in business.
The Netherlands are catching up with the rest of the world
The Netherlands has always been a country with a friendly attitude towards crypto. It has been a hub for various events dedicated to blockchain and crypto.
Unlike countries, like China, Russia and India, that are trying to impose a total ban on Bitcoin and its peers, as well as mining and crypto exchanges, the Netherlands are merely implementing standard regulatory procedures to keep things legal in this area and prevent terrorism funding along with money laundering.
Crypto regulations are spreading around the globe
This kind of regulations is what biggest crypto players, such as Binance, are encouraging and supporting. The largest crypto exchange is about to launch its US branch that would be fully compliant with US laws.
One of the world’s most famous P2P Finnish-based crypto exchange LocalBitcoins has recently announced that it is going to tighten its verification rules for account holders.
Previously, the platform had banned in-person cash trading for Bitcoin, which is a very popular way of trading on decentralized exchanges. Thus, in a rush to become law-abiding, LocalBitcoins is drawing further away from the initial dex-status that made it so popular around the world.
Tier verification deadline extended to 1st of Octoberhttps://t.co/H9FptsWrXk— LocalBitcoins.com (@LocalBitcoins) August 21, 2019