Bitcoin lobbyists meet US authorities amid growing focus on digital currency

Publicado: agosto 27, 2013 en Uncategorized


Bitcoin Foundation says meeting was set up to ‘help regulators and policymakers better understand the Bitcoin protocol’
by Domini Rushe, courtesy TheGuradian
Representatives of Bitcoin’s largest lobby group met federal law enforcement and financial agencies on Monday as the US authorities increased their scrutiny of the controversial digital currency.

Patrick Murck, general counsel for the Bitcoin Foundation, confirmed the group was meeting the Federal Reserve, FBI, Treasury Department, tax officials and members of the secret service among others.

Unlike traditional currencies, Bitcoin is not backed by a central government, but instead created by a computer program. It can be traded or used to buy goods and services. Authorities have expressed concerns about potential money laundering abuses and its use in funding illegal activities including drug purchases.

In an email, Murck said the agenda of the Washington meeting was to “help regulators, policymakers and law enforcement officials better understand the Bitcoin protocol and distributed finance…

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