Though 2021 was an excellent yr for the cryptocurrency business when it comes to market efficiency, the variety of jurisdictions banning crypto has greater than doubled since 2018.

A report by the Library of Congress (LOC) particulars the 9 jurisdictions which have now utilized an absolute ban on crypto and the 42 with an implicit ban. That is up from eight and 15 respectively in 2018 when the report was first printed.

The LOC is the analysis library for the USA Senate, performing because the nationwide library for the nation.

Within the context of the LOC report, an absolute ban means any “transactions with or holding cryptocurrency is a legal act”, whereas an implicit ban prohibits cryptocurrency exchanges, banks, and different monetary establishments from “dealing in cryptocurrencies or providing providers to people/companies dealing in cryptocurrencies.”

The 9 new jurisdictions with an absolute ban embrace Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, Oman, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Bangladesh, and China. China’s crypto ban received the most attention in 2021.

The dramatic improve in jurisdictions banning or regulating cryptocurrency over the previous three years just isn’t displaying indicators of slowing as a number of governments are presently reviewing their choices. Except for the 51 jurisdictions with a crypto ban, 103 have utilized anti-money laundering and combatting the funding of terrorism (AML/CFT) legal guidelines, a three-fold improve from the 33 jurisdictions with such legal guidelines in place in 2018.

A Swedish monetary watchdog and the Swedish Environmental Safety Company referred to as for a ban on Proof of Work (PoW) mining in November as a result of energy calls for and environmental prices of conserving networks working. This was met with harsh criticism from Paris-based Melanion Capital, which referred to as the claims in opposition to mining “utterly misinformed.”

Sweden’s EU neighbor, Estonia, is ready on implementing AML/CFT guidelines in February. These new guidelines are anticipated to change the definition of what a digital asset service supplier (VASP) is and apply an implicit ban on decentralized finance (DeFi) and Bitcoin (BTC).

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India’s authorities created a scare when lawmakers there thought-about a crypto ban final yr. The outcome was not an outright ban, however a push to control cryptocurrencies as crypto belongings, with the Securities and Change Board of India (SEBI) which oversees the regulation of native crypto exchanges. An outright ban, nonetheless, just isn’t out of the query.