Global Digital Currency Regulatory Roundup: April 2015


Every month, itBit scours the globe to bring you the most important digital currency regulation news and updates. Check out the full Global Digital Currency Regulatory Roundup archive for past articles. 

April was a slow month for the development and advancement of Bitcoin regulation across the globe. In Europe, regulators seemed to favor a more cautious approach when it came to exploring and crafting potential regulation, while Australian regulatory bodies weighed the costs and benefits of coming up with a comprehensive regulatory plan.

United States

New York Department of Financial Services to release final BitLicense regulatory framework in May

Superintendent Benjamin M. Lawsky says that he expects the NYDFS to provide a framework, which would regulate business activity for the state of New York, before the end of May. The BitLicense was first proposed at the close of 2013 and will require digital currency companies to obtain a license in order to transmit money on behalf of customers. Lawsky says that the department is also keeping a close eye on digital currency regulation at the state, national and global level as they finalize plans for regulation.

Tennessee considers bill allowing bitcoins for political donations

A bill that would make it legal for political candidates to receive digital currency donations passed in Tennessee’s house by a vote of 61 to 28.  The bill has already been passed by the state senate and will now go to Governor Bill Haslam for approval.


European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) seeks feedback on blockchain technology.

The ESMA, securities regulator for the EU, is delving further into the question of how blockchain technology is used to “issue, buy and sell and record ownership of securities.” The regulator wants those in the industry to help them by answering a 10 question survey regarding the use of digital currencies, which will help provide an assessment of what types of risks and rewards the financial products can provide. Responses must be submitted by July 2015 and findings will be made available to the public at a later date.


Australian Central Bank decides Bitcoin regulation isn’t worth it.

On April 7th, The Reserve Bank of Australia announced that it would likely not pursue regulation of Bitcoin writing, “it is currently unlikely that any benefits of regulation would outweigh the potential costs,” according to CoinDesk.

After an inquiry into the use of the technology, the RBA wrote, “The bank's judgement is that the current very limited use of digital currencies means that they do not raise any significant concerns with respect to competition, efficiency or risk to the financial system.” In its statements, the central bank offers the possibility of international cooperation in order to mitigate any global risks posed by the digital currency through a regulatory institution such as the Bank for International Settlements.