CipherTrace, a blockchain analytics firm, is partnering with the Republic of Malta’s sole monetary regulatory company to make sure that all crypto transactions throughout the nation are free of cash laundering and different related monetary crimes.
Because the Instances of Malta reported on March 11, 2019, the Malta Monetary Companies Authority (MFSA) has enlisted the assistance of U.S.-based firm CipherTrace to audit cryptoasset providers that function inside Malta’s jurisdiction.
The MFSA would require potential cryptocurrency brokers, like people working exchanges, wallets and ICOs, to formally register with the MFSA. CipherTrace will then “present the MFSA with highly effective oversight instruments to automate regulatory processes and audit the danger administration of digital asset companies licensed in Malta,” claimed CEO Joseph Cuschieri.
Blockchain analytics corporations, which have proliferated within the bear market, have come beneath public scrutiny as of late for his or her said objective of deanonymizing blockchain transactions and the privateness implications that this presents. One such firm, Chainalysis, made a public statement of their privateness insurance policies in early March to attempt to pre-empt a few of these criticisms.
Malta sits at an fascinating crossroads on this specific subject on account of this. Trying to place itself as a blockchain hub for fairly a while, the federal government has passed laws to draw crypto companies, and has met with a degree of success. With these strikes, nevertheless, the danger of monetary crimes has elevated. As such, the Instances of Malta reported that the timeline for Malta’s approval of crypto licenses “[depends] on the due diligence evaluation — together with competence within the subject of anti-money laundering and the counter funding of terrorism.” CipherTrace, it appears, is the most recent of a number of blockchain corporations to earn the Maltese authorities’s confidence. Utilizing its instruments, the MFSA might preserve tabs on plenty of monetary crimes.