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New York Department of Financial Services releases “BitLicense” rules draft

Posted on 17th July, 2014

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFN) published the draft version of their regulatory framework for bitcoin and other digital currencies this morning. The “BitLicense” rules are aimed largely at digital currency service providers, such as exchanges and hosted wallet companies, and would effectively exempt any company using a third-party bitcoin payment service from […]

NYDFS chief Ben Lawsky says virtual currency regulations will be released this month

Posted on 10th July, 2014

New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) superintendent Ben Lawsky announced via Twitter yesterday that his agency was facing some delays in the finalization of rules for digital currency-using companies in the state. Originally planned for debut around the first of the month, the much-anticipated regulations will provide guidelines for how the range of financial […]

Is itBit’s New York relocation an indicator of things to come?

Posted on 8th July, 2014

In a blog post published yesterday, Singapore-based bitcoin exchange itBit announced plans to relocate its main office halfway across the planet to New York City. The move appears to signal a growing sense that the safest setting for bitcoin-based trading is no longer the relatively permissive Southeast Asian city-state, but rather the soon-to-be regulated by […]

Applications open for New York digital currency exchanges

Posted on 12th March, 2014

In a new statement from New York Superintendent of Financial Services, Benjamin M. Lawsky, the state is now officially accepting applications for digital currency exchanges. The new exchanges will be regulated under still-forming rules that Lawsky plans to have in place by this summer. Today’s public order is the next phase in NYDFS’s public inquiry […]

Senate Chairman gives nod to Bitcoin regulation task force

Posted on 22nd February, 2014

In what is likely to be seen as a step towards increased U.S. regulation of virtual currencies, the Chairman of the US Senate’s Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), Senator Tom Carper (D-Del), endorsed the creation of task force on the topic by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. The “Emerging Payments Task Force” […]

NY financial regulator Ben Lawsky talks Bitcoin on Reddit

Posted on 20th February, 2014

Earlier today, New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) superintendent Ben Lawsky participated in a Bitcoin-themed Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit, offering a window into the state’s plans for future regulation of the cryptocurrency. Lawsky made headlines last week after sketching out a regulatory framework that would include a “BitLicense” for those doing business […]

New York regulator Ben Lawsky weighs in on recent Bitcoin woes

Posted on 13th February, 2014

Ben Lawsky from New York’s Department of Financial Services made headlines yesterday after outlining his state’s plan for regulating Bitcoin, but his other comments about the cryptocurrency that may be more interesting. Speaking at Future Tense in Washington, DC, Lawksy weighed in on the recent price drops caused by the “transaction malleability” glitch. “I think […]