South Korea’s central bank is seeking the authority to monitor cryptocurrency transactions made through users’ bank accounts.
- The plan was revealed in a document recently submitted by the Bank of Korea (BOK) to Rep. Choo Kyung-ho of the country’s main opposition party, the Korea Herald reported Thursday.
- The measure, if approved, would be the latest layer of regulatory scrutiny to be applied to the crypto industry in South Korea.
- “We plan to utilize our legal authority over requesting document submittal from financial institutions to monitor the volume of cryptocurrency transactions made through bank accounts,” the document reads, per the report.
- The BOK is able to request materials from financial institutions where it is deemed necessary in the interest of the institution’s monetary and credit policies.
- The measure may be brought in as early as September, a BOK official said.
- September is also the deadline for cryptocurrency exchanges in the country to register as virtual asset service providers (VASP), a requirement that will enable the state to determine the legality of their operations in an attempt to crack down on money laundering and fraud.
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