Amendments drafted by European Parliament members on anti-money laundering (AML) regulation removed provisions seeking compulsory identification for crypto transfers involving non-custodial wallets, according to crypto news outlet The Block reported on Thursday.

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Fast facts

  • Non-custodial wallets refer to those wallet addresses where users own the private key.
  • In June, the EU reached a provisional deal to extend the so-called “Travel Rule” to cover digital assets and ensure that crypto transfers, including those involving non-custodial wallets, can always be traced for blocking suspicious transactions. 
  • The “Travel Rule” refers to a measure to track the source and whereabouts of funds, and it requires that information on the source of funds and their beneficiaries be disclosed alongwith the transactions.
  • In addition to slashing the non-custodial wallet from the “Travel Rule,” the AML amendment will expand the scope of the regulation to the decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), decentralized financial (DeFi) , NFT and metaverses, according to The Block.
  • The amendment will also require crypto asset service providers to adhere to AML rules when processing transactions over 1,000 euros (US$984), according to The Block.
  • The amendment is pending approval by the European Parliament, The Block reported.

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