For governments, cryptocurrency is becoming too mainstream to ignore and too chaotic to neglect. Across the world, government agencies are targeting crypto investors not only with taxes but mandatory registration and full disclosure rules. This new wave of regulation poses a contradiction in that some of cryptocurrency’s strongest traits have always been privacy and autonomy.
State Regulation of Crypto Raises Questions
Australia’s registration of 246 cryptocurrency exchanges between April 2018 and January 2019, hailed by observers and the exchanges themselves as boosting the credibility of the industry, likely indicates the direction that virtual currencies are taking in relation to regulation throughout the world.