A Swedish bitcoin brokerage has gone to court with the country’s tax authority to prevent an audit of its customer information.
As reported last week by Swedish language newspaper Dagens Nyheter, BTCX has gone to court in order to prevent this information from being handed over.
Goobit chief marketing officer Joakim Herlin-Ljunglöf voiced concern that Swedish authorities might use such information to track bitcoin transactions on the blockchain, explaining:
He told CoinDesk that his company is contesting the order partly on grounds that the Skatterverket lacks an understanding of bitcoin.
Open to cooperation
Herlin-Ljunglöf suggested that, given the nature of the case, the battle could move to an EU-level court, with broad implications for Europe's bitcoin users.
He added that his company wants to cooperate with Swedish tax authorities, but not at the expense of disclosing sensitive customer information.
Herlin-Ljunglöf told CoinDesk:
According to the report by Dagens Nyheter, a representative for the Skatteverket declined to comment on the third-party audit. CoinDesk reached out to the Skatteverket but did not receive an immediate response.
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