Chair of House Financial Services Committee Requests Halt on Facebook’s Crypto Project

Rep. Maxine Waters, chairwoman of the United States House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee is requesting that Facebook halt development on its cryptocurrency, the Libra, as reported by CNN Tech Reporter Brian Fung in a series of tweets June 18. In her statement, Rep. Waters explained: “Given the company’s troubled past, I am requesting that […]

French Minister of Economy to Ask for Guarantees From Facebook In Regards to Its Forthcoming Coin

French Minister of the Economy and Finance intends to “ask for guarantees” from Facebook in regards to its forthcoming digital currency Libra, media outlet Europe 1 reported on June 18. The Minister of the Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire told Europe 1 that Facebook’s long-awaited stablecoin Libra is an “attribute of the sovereignty of […]

Brazilian BTC Exchange Faces Numerous Lawsuits From Clients Unable to Access Funds

Clientele from multiple states in Brazil have filed lawsuits against bitcoin (BTC) investments firm Bitcoin Bank Group for inaccessible crypto funds, according to a report by Cointelegraph Brasil on June 18. The lawsuits are reportedly over issues with users being unable to withdraw funds from the BBG’s associated cryptocurrency exchange, Paraná-based NegocieCoins. As of press […]

US CFTC Brings Action Against $147 Million Bitcoin Investment Scheme

The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) launched action against a reportedly fraudulent $147 million bitcoin (BTC) scheme, fintech news outlet FinanceFeeds reports June 18. On June 17, the regulator reportedly filed a complaint with the New York Southern District Court against now-defunct United Kingdom-based entity Control-Finance Ltd, which reportedly defrauded more than 1,000 […]

Georgian Gov’t, IOHK Partner to Develop Blockchain in Education, Ministry Services

The government of Georgia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with blockchain technology firm Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK) to implement blockchain-enabled projects across business, education and government services. The news was revealed in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on June 17. The MoU has been signed between the Georgian Ministry of Education […]

Indian Crypto Community Petitions Government for Regulation

Following widespread reports of the upcoming Indian cryptocurrency bill, the crypto community has started a petition for the government to quickly implement a regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies. In addition, a television network operated by the Upper House of the Indian Parliament has aired a program discussing the bill, and three Right to Information requests have […]

Iceland’s Financial Regulator Approves Blockchain-Powered E-Money Firm

The Financial Supervisory Authority (FME), Iceland’s sole financial regulator, has approved the first blockchain-powered e-money firm in the country, as the organization announced on June 14. Reykjavik-based Monerium, backed by blockchain software company ConsenSys, has reportedly been approved by the Icelandic financial watchdog to provide fiat payment services using ethereum (ETH) blockchain, crypto media outlet […]

Brazil Authorities to Adapt Cross-Sector Regulations to React to Digital Transformation

Major government and financial authorities in Brazil have teamed up to develop a regulatory sandbox model targeting new technologies such as blockchain, Cointelegraph Brazil reports on June 13. The new regulatory initiative brings together the Central Bank of Brazil, the Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM), the Superintendence of Private Insurance (SUSEP), and the Ministry of […]

Rhode Island Solicits Proposals for Blockchain Solutions in Government

The Rhode Island Department of Administration/Division of Purchase in the United States has issued a public solicitation for blockchain solutions via proof-of-concept proposals, according to official documentation published on May 31. The department is particularly seeking proposals from “qualified firms” that aim to “further the State’s goal of becoming more efficient, transparent, accurate, secure and […]

Rhode Island Looks to Adopt Blockchain For Government Use

Rhode Island issued a request for proposals aimed at exploring the viability of blockchain technology to improve state operations. This comes on the heels the state relaxing certain security laws for blockchain businesses. Is the second-most dense state by population looking to become a hub for the crypto industry? Director of the Department of Business […]