Sneaky laws, sneaky foes: Crypto’s biggest antagonists right now


  • The Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act (FIT) passed in July 2023 aimed to protect crypto from regulatory overreach.
  • The Senate is opposing the House’s pro-crypto actions with bills like Senator Warren’s Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act and Senator Reed’s CANSEE Act, threatening decentralization.
  • Both bills lack practicality and could push the US crypto industry into a regulatory nightmare.

Crypto’s facing a tough time, thanks to some sneaky moves by folks in power. I’m all in for making sure we get our hands on revenue without the U.S. government breathing down our necks. That’s why I’m here, talking about the big steps and missteps happening with digital money right now.

After the House Financial Services and Agriculture Committees pulled off a win with the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act (FIT) in July 2023, things looked up for crypto. This law was supposed to set up a solid rulebook for the crypto world and keep overeager regulators in check. But then, the Senate started playing a different game, with some help from both sides of the aisle.

The Capitol Hill Crypto Crackdown

Enter Senator Warren from Massachusetts and Senator Reed from Rhode Island, with their one-two punch against crypto. Warren’s got this Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act, aiming to stretch old-school bank rules over crypto operations. Reed’s not far behind with his Crypto Asset National Security Enhancement and Enforcement Act (CANSEE Act), making it super risky for anyone daring to innovate in DeFi.

Warren’s bill is a beast, asking everyone from wallet providers to miners to play by rules meant for banks, even keeping tabs on folks using “unhosted” wallets. It’s a privacy nightmare. Reed’s CANSEE Act isn’t any better, potentially slapping criminal charges on anyone with a finger in the DeFi pie, just because a sanctioned user might touch their platform.

This stuff could’ve sent us back to the stone age if applied to the early internet, drowning innovation in red tape. And with Warren’s plan to let banks and businesses spy on blockchain transactions, it feels like we’re opening the door to a world where privacy and decentralization are just fairy tales.

Not just Warren and Reed are in this game; nearly 20 other senators are on board with killing financial privacy. And let’s not forget about Senator Sherrod Brown from Ohio, who’s looking keen on these invasive proposals, all under the flag of fighting money laundering. While Republicans are trying to hold the line in the House, this fight’s nowhere near over.

The UK’s Regulatory Tango

Jumping across the pond, the UK’s trying to sort its own crypto chaos. The Treasury’s Bim Afolami spilled the beans at a Coinbase event in London, saying they’re pushing to regulate stablecoins and crypto staking before the next general election. But when it comes to details, Afolami’s lips are sealed.

The UK’s been talking a big game since 2022, with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak aiming to turn the country into a crypto powerhouse. But real progress on the rules front has been slow, leaving crypto businesses hanging for clarity.

Last July, the UK Law Commission suggested making a whole new property category just for digital assets. And by October, the government hinted at bringing in more crypto-focused laws in 2024, eyeing to bring stablecoins under the Financial Conduct Authority’s watch.

With an election coming up and the Labour Party, not exactly crypto’s biggest fan, leading the polls, the UK’s crypto future is up in the air.

So, there you have it. From Capitol Hill to London, crypto’s walking a tightrope. Laws and proposals are flying left and right, with privacy, innovation, and financial freedom caught in the crossfire. Remember, this isn’t some distant problem—it’s our fight, right here, right now.

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Jai Hamid

Jai Hamid is a passionate writer with a keen interest in blockchain technology, the global economy, and literature. She dedicates most of her time to exploring the transformative potential of crypto and the dynamics of worldwide economic trends.

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