Last month, FSA reportedly wanted crypto exchanges to delist anonymous cryptos. Now, Coincheck is officially banning Monero, Zcash, Dash, and Augur from next month in order to comply with the FSA’s regulations.
No more XMR, ZEC, DASH, & REP after June 18 on Coincheck
Coincheck, Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange has confirmed that it will be delisting the anonymity focused four cryptocurrencies viz. Monero, Zcash, Dash and Augur’s Reputation coin by June 18. The move has been taken in accordance with the new policy of Japan’s Financial Services Agency that aims to ban the cryptocurrencies that offer anonymity.
The exchange also reported that if any of the banned cryptocurrencies are remaining in the users’ wallet, then it will be converted into Japanese yen at the market price.
All the four coins are among the top 50 as per Coinmarketcap and offer a significant level of anonymity.
Monero (XMR) ranks at 12th spot at $202 price level with a market cap of about $3.24 billion, which is followed by Zcash (ZEC) on the 13th spot at $400 with a market cap of $3.23 billion approximately. Currently, Dash (DASH) is at 22 positions with a market cap of $1.3 billion at $345 price value. Ranked at 41, Augur (REP) is running at $53 price and market cap close to $585 million.
Monero has been a popular cryptocurrency in Japan but gathered a lot of criticism from the authorities for its potential use by criminals and increasingly used by drive-by miners. As a result, FSA worked on its regulatory measures that included a ban on tokens that offers a high level of anonymity and privacy.
FSA gets strict, crackdowns on anonymous cryptocurrencies
After the Coincheck hack which was the second largest cryptocurrency heist ever resulted in the loss of $530 million, the exchange got under FSA’s heavy scrutiny that led the agency to impose strict regulations on exchanges.
Now, FSA is cracking down on anonymous virtual currencies by banning them that it believes play a part in money laundering and other illegal activities.
After suspending the withdrawals in the aftermath of the hack, since March, the Coincheck has been promoting zero fee trading.
Apart from all this, the exchange is complying with the FSA regulations and reviewing its own internal controls to ensure that the exchange is not being used to support any criminal activity. Moreover, the exchange has also imposed new and thorough verification standards for all of its users and claimed the right to deny a transaction that is made without any valid reason.
Last month, the financial group, Monex acquired Coincheck. Now, the exchange is being extremely cautious and all set to be FSA compliant so that history doesn’t repeat itself.
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