Xapo: New York's BitLicense Proposal Threatens Consumers
Xapo has joined the growing chorus of bitcoin companies speaking out against New York's proposed bitcoin regulations.
Xapo has announced that it will exclude customers residing in New York should the state's BitLicense proposal pass in its current form.
Penned by founder and CEO Wences Casares, Xapo's blog post joins a growing chorus of bitcoin companies that have issued public statements on the matter.
, on behalf of bitcoin services startup Circle, CEO Jeremy Allaire criticised issues in the proposal that he said could "discourage innovation".
Casares builds on Allaire's arguments throughout, stating that while Xapo is not against smart regulation, New York's proposal overreaches. As a result, he argues, it threatens not just the wider digital currency ecosystem and its potential to grow and innovate, but consumers as well.
The CEO said:
Regulation that hurts the industry will also harm consumers, who may be forced to use inferior financial services, Casares added, stating:
Casares went on to criticize New York's BitLicense proposal as anti-competitive, given that it would favor well-capitalized companies. The comments are notable as Xapo now leads the bitcoin industry in total VC funding.
Launched in March, Xapo has raised $40m to date. The company offers bitcoin wallet, storage, and most recently, brokerage services.
Timely and deliberate action
Like many of his peers, Casares praised New York's regulators for their willingness to engage with the industry on crafting regulations. He lauded New York's decision to extend the comment period for the regulation in light of feedback for the industry.
New York, Casares said, would be wise to continue to adopt this collaborative approach:
Casares further offered the assistance of his legal and compliance teams to New York regulations. Still, he said that he believes regulators have much of the tools they need to police bad actors in the bitcoin industry, adding:
Self-regulation with assistance
While Casares was critical of New York's proposal, he emphasised that the right regulation will benefit the bitcoin industry and empower it to serve consumers with more robust offerings.
Casares concluded by stating that Xapo intends to file formal comment on the NYDFS proposal and that it will alert the bitcoin community through its blog when it does so.
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