Blink And You’ll Miss It: US, UK Officials Both Say They’re ‘Looking At’ Crypto

Government officials from the US and UK have said they are “looking at” cryptocurrency this week as the topic gains considerable focus at the ongoing World Economic Forum2018.

Speaking separately at the annual event, US Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and UK prime minister Theresa May both said that “illicit” or “criminal” use of Bitcoin was cause for ensuring appropriate regulation.

My number one focus on cryptocurrencies, whether that be digital currencies or bitcoin or other things, is that we want to make sure that they’re not used for illicit activities,” Mnuchin told CNBC.

“So in the U.S., our regulations (state that) if you’re a bitcoin wallet you’re subject to the same regulations as a bank.”

Theresa May meanwhile echoed the need to ensure Bitcoin had only bonafide uses in the UK as it prepares to leave the European Union with only limited regulation in place surrounding cryptocurrency.

In areas like cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin, we should be looking at these very seriously, precisely because of the way they can be used, particularly by criminals,” May said in an interview with Bloomberg…

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