US Bill Seeks to Protect Unhosted Crypto Wallets From Regulators

Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH), a member of the Blockchain Caucus, introduced the bill on Tuesday.

Feb 15, 2022 at 9:40 p.m. UTC
Updated Feb 15, 2022 at 10:36 p.m. UTC

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A U.S. bill seeks to prevent government agencies from limiting a person’s use of self-hosted cryptocurrency wallets, a technology that has been in the crosshairs of regulators over the past year. A copy of the bill was provided to CoinDesk.

  • The bill was introduced on Feb. 15 by Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), a member of the Blockchain Caucus, and would ban agencies from “restricting the use of convertible virtual currency by a person to purchase goods or services for the person’s own use, and other purposes.”
  • The legislation also prevents agencies from prohibiting users from “conducting transactions through a self-hosted wallet.”
  • Self-hosted or unhosted crypto wallets have been targeted by U.S. regulations over the course of the past year.
  • In late 2020, the U.S. Treasury Department proposed a controversial rule that would require crypto exchanges to collect personal details, including names and home addresses, from users wanting to transfer their cryptocurrency into a private wallet.
  • The unhosted crypto wallet rule was driven by then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, since succeeded by Janet Yellen, though she hasn’t killed the possibility of the rule being implemented.
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