Financial Action Task Force (FATF) travel rule compliance service providers VerifyVASP and CODE have signed a memorandum of understanding to link their services before the rule goes into full effect in South Korea this Friday.

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Fast facts

  • The two entities are backed by the nation’s four fully licensed crypto exchanges, with VerifyVASP being founded by Upbit operator Dunamu, and Bithumb, Coinone, and Korbit forming CODE.
  • The linking of the two services allows users from the four exchanges to transfer crypto to and from the founding exchanges. 
  • The FATF travel rule is a global set of guidelines for digital asset companies to counter money laundering and terrorist financing that mandates service providers to collect and disclose customer information for transactions above a US$1,000 threshold.
  • Travel rule compliance must be met for all transactions over a million Korean won (US$824), starting March 25. 
  • Neighboring Japan’s crypto exchanges registered under the Japanese Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA) will adopt the travel rule by April 1.

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