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Taiwan proposes new bill requiring crypto companies to apply for licenses

Amid the ongoing global revolution in cryptocurrency regulation, Taiwan has proposed a special law to regulate digital assets. The proposed law will require all cryptocurrency platforms in Taiwan to apply for a license.

According to the official announcement, the Crypto Bill had its first reading today, October 27, in Taiwan’s parliament, the Legislative Yuan.

Taiwan takes steps to establish cryptoasset regulatory framework

Although the new law has already passed its first reading, legislators have not yet set a date for the second. According to Yung-Change Chiang, member of parliament and contributor to the proposed Special Law, the first reading of the bill catalyzed discussions on the regulatory framework for the digital asset industry.

Chiang asked Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) to present his version of a crypto bill to the legislature. According to him, the presentation of the project will allow various sectors to unite even more and be on the same page during the legislative process.

In the meantime, remember that the FSC published guidelines for self-monitoring of the crypto industry in September. The guidelines would ensure that local businesses separate customer assets from company assets. This would protect consumers from losses associated with the arrival of assets.

Additionally, the new guidelines establish standards for the inclusion and exclusion of virtual assets on various cryptocurrency trading platforms.

Additionally, the FSC plans to implement and enforce the guidelines through a potential crypto industry association, a move that Chaing condemned. In his latest statement, the legislator noted that such regulatory measures are legally inapplicable.

The special encryption law is the product of a joint effort by Chaing and 16 other lawmakers. This law will force all digital asset platforms in Taiwan to apply for operating licenses. Failure to comply with this obligation will result in sanctions, including a cease and desist order from regulators.

Parliament has not set a specific timetable for the second reading of the bill. However, according to information from Chaing’s office, this could happen before the end of January 2024. The reason for this speculation is that the term of the current Taiwanese legislators ends in January 2024.

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