South Korea banned privacy coin from exchanges

South Korea’s Financial Services Commission has taken on the so-called „dark coin“, i.e. privacy-oriented cryptocurrency

South Korea’s Financial Services Commission has announced that service providers based on virtual assets will no longer be able to operate with Crypto Comeback Pro that present a high risk of money laundering. The institution recently updated its Special Payment Act, the law regulating the cryptocurrency sector in South Korea.

In particular, the Financial Services Commission has launched itself against the so-called „dark coin“, i.e. privacy oriented cryptocurrencies, as transactions made with such currencies are particularly difficult to trace. The new law could therefore hinder the use of Zcash (ZEC), Monero (XMR) and Dash (DASH) in Korea.

The amendments to the Special Payment Act will come into force from March next year. The legislation also requires the use of more stringent Know Your Customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) policies by local crypto-currency exchanges: in addition to no longer being able to operate with privacy coin, virtual asset-based service providers will have to confirm the names of their customers and verify other personal data, such as their national identification number.

Many South Korean exchanges already do not list privacy coin on their platforms due to international regulations. In September last year, the OKEx exchange announced the removal of ZEC, XMR, DASH, Horizen (ZEN) and Super Bitcoin (SBTC), citing the Financial Action Task Force’s new guidelines as justification. In the same month, the local Upbit exchange ceased support for three privacy-focused cryptocurrency exchanges.

Meanwhile, the South Korean central bank continues to work on its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). According to an article recently published in The Korea Times, the first tests for the digital won will begin next year:

„The CBDC will be issued and distributed in a virtual environment, where we will test a range of transaction scenarios in a wide variety of circumstances“.