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Israel slaps new digital currency transfer rules to check money laundering

The new rules will allow the transfer of profits from cryptocurrency investments to Israeli banks if trading in these currencies is legal

In a move to curb the illegal use of digital currency, Israel has imposed new rules on the transfer of digital currency to check rising cases of money laundering and terror financing, the Israeli government said in a statement.

According to the new notified policy, the new obligations are included in an ordinance imposed on service providers in financial assets, such as bonds, loans, stocks, and bank deposits.

The ordinance applies to providers such as credit, fintech, and crypto companies that operate with virtual currencies. It also includes obligations to identify and verify customers, report their activity, control and monitor risks, and manage records.

It also imposes rules on electronic transfer of funds in Israel and abroad, and the transfer of financial assets in virtual currencies. The new rules will as well allow the transfer of profits from cryptocurrency investments to Israeli banks if trading in these currencies is legal.

The ordinance will also allow the use of virtual currencies more securely and will let the authorities distinguish between legitimate use and illegitimate purposes, such as money laundering or terror financing, the statement said.

The rules were jointly formulated by the IMPA and Israel’s Capital Market Authority, Insurance and Savings.

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