Some Small Movement in Regulatory Challenges This Week

Some Small Movement in Regulatory Challenges This Week

Theo Chino, a bitcoin advocate who has been fighting regulations in the U.S. for over two years, requested the withdrawal of the proposed “Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act.” Only July 7, 2017, Chino asked the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) to withdraw the proposed regulation on cryptocurrencies in the United States. The bitcoin....


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