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Irish crypto firms will impose Anti Money Laundering ID checks from April

Irish companies operating with crypto, and the firms servicing them, will have to adhere to AML and CFT for the first time starting next month.
Irish lawmakers will impose an anti money laundering regime on crypto for the first time in AprilThe Central Bank of Ireland has extended the nation’s anti-money laundering, or AML, and countering the financing of terrorism, or CTF, guidelines to apply to Bitcoin and crypto assets from April.Starting next month, Ireland’s crypto asset service providers must comply with AML rules and other regulations for the first time. The new rules are a result of the inclusion of the latest European Union AML Directive into Irish law.Companies that operate with crypto assets, and any firms providing services to them, will be required to complete due diligence checks on their clients and account for the origin and destination of funds.Ireland’s firms will have to convince the central bank they are maintaining AML and CFT policies to the same standards required of mainstream financial service providers. Cryptocurrency has historically existed outside of specific Irish laws, allowing traders to speculate on digital assets anonymously.Josh Hogan, the co-chair of the FinTech & Payments Association of Ireland, welcomed the incoming regulations, stating: “Ireland has the opportunity to take advantage of its well-earned reputation in both finance and technology to position itself as the leading jurisdiction in which to establish an EU-regulated crypto-services business.” “This will ultimately bring real commercial benefits in terms of jobs, business revenues, …
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