The South Korean National Assembly Committee approved a bill establishing a clear legal foundation for cryptocurrencies, defining them as digital assets.
The South Korean Financial Services Commission (FSC) said the bill would make the cryptocurrency industry in the country more transparent and legitimize investments in digital assets. The Commission clarified that this law aims to combat money laundering and to comply with basic requirements for financial transactions.
Under the new bill, all organizations operating in the cryptocurrency industry are required to register with the FIU and submit regular reports on their activities to it.
Companies that do not provide reports and do not receive a certificate of an information security management system from the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) will not receive permission to conduct activities in the country. This includes those organizations that will use bank accounts drawn up by other persons.
In addition, if cryptocurrency companies do not comply with the standards of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), such companies may be fined.
Currently, the bill is awaiting approval by the Legal Committee and the main chamber of the National Assembly, after which the law will enter into force in a year.
The other day, the head of the Financial Supervision Service (FSS) of South Korea said that the FSS does not plan to control the trading of digital assets until cryptocurrencies are recognized as “legal currencies.”