Spearheaded by Bitcoin ATM operators DigitalMint and Coinsource, the CCC looks to enhance cryptocurrency regulations while establishing consumer-centric frameworks for strengthened public protections and safety.
From PRNewswire August 2021
CHICAGO, Aug. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Leaders across the cash-to-crypto industry, including Bitcoin ATM (BTM) operators DigitalMint and Coinsource, blockchain analysis platform Chainalysis, and others, today announce the formation of the Cryptocurrency Compliance Cooperative (“CCC”). A collaborative association, the mission of the CCC is to create a safer environment for all consumers and legitimize the cash-to-cryptocurrency industry by bolstering compliance standards that are deemed by many to be currently insufficient.
“The nefarious use cases plaguing this industry are well documented by several law enforcement agencies, and include fraud, elder abuse, and drug and human trafficking,” said Seth Sattler, Director of Compliance for DigitalMint and leading contributor of the Cryptocurrency Compliance Cooperative. “While a small number of Bitcoin ATM operators go above and beyond with know your customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) protocols, others in the cash-to-crypto industry simply turn a blind eye and are complacent to these bad actors by simply applying the bare minimum customer protections, which in many cases allow for completely anonymous transactions.”
Organizations encouraged to apply to the CCC include cash-based cryptocurrency MSBs, regulatory bodies, financial institutions, suppliers, non-governmental and law enforcement agencies. Meeting on a minimum quarterly basis, the CCC will allow members to stay abreast of regulatory updates, new industry standards and research. Moreover, members will share best practices and learn how to collaborate with industry leaders, regulators, and law enforcement on how to enforce deeper and more robust compliance protocols. In addition, the CCC will also look to stay ahead of developments and trends among threat actors, learning how to best mitigate fraud through the application of ever improving technology and forensic tools.
“Unfortunately, many BTM operators feel that merely asking for a cell phone number is enough due diligence to absolve them of their mandated KYC requirements,” said Bo Oney, Executive Vice President of Operations and Head of Compliance at Coinsource. “Such lax provisions provide a safe haven for bad actors to abuse the machines for nefarious purposes. The CCC is seeking to bolster regulatory requirements for the benefit of all BTM users and operators. This will require input from the most knowledgeable in the industry, all with the goal of making the cash-to-crypto space as safe as possible for consumers.”
Since their first deployment in the U.S. in 2014, BTMs and other cash-to-crypto point-of-sale locations have helped individuals effortlessly access the world of cryptocurrencies. These machines, which resemble a traditional ATM, allow users to purchase cryptocurrencies with cash and, according to How Many Bitcoin ATMs, have surpassed 42,000 installations across the U.S.
“Lax compliance policies and high rates of illicit activity have long plagued the reputation of Bitcoin ATMs,” said Caitlin Barnett, Director of Regulation & Compliance, Chainalysis. “We are thrilled to support this initiative led by two leaders in the space to build trust in Bitcoin ATMs and promote more financial freedom with less risk.”
According to an independent report conducted by the State of New Jersey Commission of Investigation, nearly 75% of the BTM operators with kiosks in the state allowed certain transactions to take place without requiring the customer to provide any information outside of a cellphone number. Over half of these operators allowed for cryptocurrency transactions up to $900 with just a cellphone number, or in some cases, no information at all. Due to the prevalence and accessibility of prepaid cellphones, commonly known as “burners”, simply relying on the collection of a phone number to satisfy FinCEN KYC requirements is not a reliable way for operators to confirm identity and eliminates any reasonable transaction monitoring method to detect agents that assist with laundering illicit proceeds on behalf of nefarious actors.
“We must do better,” added Mr. Sattler. “This isn’t just an industry group – this is a movement. It’s our hope that others heed our call and join this cooperative as we push for enhanced and modernized regulations in the best interest of public safety.”
The initial members of the CCC include:
- Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative – https://followmoneyfightslavery.org
- Chainalysis – https://www.chainalysis.com
- CipherBlade – https://cipherblade.com
- Coinsource – https://coinsource.net
- DigitalMint – www.digitalmint.io
- Elliptic – https://www.elliptic.co/solutions/crypto-investigations
- Halo Privacy – https://www.haloprivacy.com
- Maya – https://maya.tech
- Metropolitan Capital Bank – https://www.metcapbank.com
- Palmera Consulting – https://palmeraconsulting.com
- Royal Business Bank – https://www.royalbusinessbankusa.com
- Surety Bank – https://www.mysuretybank.com
- The Knoble – https://www.theknoble.com
- Titan Bank, N.A. – https://www.titanbank.com
- Trust Stamp – https://truststamp.ai
About the Cryptocurrency Compliance Cooperative (CCC)
The Cryptocurrency Compliance Cooperative (CCC) is a collaborative association that advocates on behalf of the cash-to-cryptocurrency industry to establish universally accepted compliance standards, best practices, and regulatory controls. These standards include BSA/AML controls, technology utilization, KYC and CIP requirements, and law enforcement communication standards. Our organization fosters an environment of cooperation between respected BTM operators, regulatory agencies, traditional financial institutions, and technology solutions within the industry to accomplish our mission. Through this medium of beneficial discussion between parties that directly impact or are impacted by the cash-to-cryptocurrency industry, the CCC will nurture legitimacy and acceptance around the globe.
For more information, please visit https://crypto3c.org.
JConnelly for the CCC
SOURCE Cryptocurrency Compliance Cooperative
From Be In Crypto August 26
- Cash-to-crypto industry leaders have announced the formation of the Cryptocurrency Compliance Cooperative (CCC).
- The mission of the collaborative association is to create a safer environment for consumers through legitimizing the cash-to-cryptocurrency industry.
- According to the latest data from Coin ATM Radar, the number of Bitcoin ATMs (BTMs) now stands at over 22,000 in the United States alone.
Cash-to-crypto industry leaders have announced the formation of the Cryptocurrency Compliance Cooperative (CCC).
Founder members include Bitcoin ATM (BTM) operators DigitalMint and Coinsource, as well as blockchain analysis platform Chainalysis, among others. The mission of the collaborative association is to create a safer environment for consumers through legitimizing the cash-to-cryptocurrency industry. They hope to achieve this by bolstering compliance standards that many currently consider insufficient.
“While a small number of Bitcoin ATM operators go above and beyond with know your customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) protocols, others in the cash-to-crypto industry simply turn a blind eye and are complacent to these bad actors by simply applying the bare minimum customer protections, which in many cases allow for completely anonymous transactions,” said DigitalMint Director of Compliance Seth Sattler, a leading contributor of the Cryptocurrency Compliance Cooperative.
The CCC is encouraging applications from a breadth of organizations. These include cash-based cryptocurrency MSBs, regulatory bodies, financial institutions, suppliers, non-governmental and law enforcement agencies.
The CCC will meet on a quarterly basis, and update members on regulatory developments, new industry standards and research. Members will also share best practices and learn how to collaborate with industry leaders, regulators, and law enforcement. The Cooperative also intends to stay ahead of potential threats, learning to mitigate fraud through the application of improving technology and tools.
Bitcoin ATMs (BTMs) and other cash-to-crypto point-of-sale locations enable users to purchase cryptocurrencies with cash. They have helped individuals effortlessly access the world of cryptocurrencies since their first deployment in the US in 2014. By March of this year, the number of BTMs worldwide had risen 20% from the year prior, reaching nearly 17,000. According to the latest data from Coin ATM Radar, that figure now stands at over 22,000 in the United States alone.
Aside from the crypto ATM companies mentioned above, others also contributed to these swelling figures. For instance, in May, crypto ATM network Bitcoin Depot launched over 350 crypto ATMs across the United States. These ATMs were the latest of the 2,500 Bitcoin Depot had rolled out in the prior six months. Then in July, Bitcoin Depot expanded its network of crypto ATMs through Circle K locations throughout the US and Canada.