Swiss Crypto Firms Say First Automated, AML-Compliant Bitcoin Transfer Completed
Three Swiss crypto companies say theyâve successfully completed the first automated Bitcoin transaction that meets anti-money laundering (AML) standards.
- Genevaâs Mt Pelerin and Zug-based Crypto Finance AG and 21 Analytics announced Friday that 21 CHF worth of bitcoin (~$23) had been sent in a live demonstration of a new transaction that automatically complied with the AML requirements set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and Swiss markets regulators.
- The transaction took place late Thursday.
- FATF holds virtual asset service providers (VASPs) to the same standards as traditional bank transfers.
- Known as the Travel Rule, the FATF standard requires VASPs to exchange data that identifies both the originator and the beneficiary on any transaction over $1,000.
- Since the rule came into force last year, intermediaries have so far been forced to do this manually â but the live demonstration shows that transactions now can be sent with all the AML details automatically added.
- âThe transfer was fully automated using TRP [Travel Rule Protocol], instead of manually creating PDFs and sending that for each transaction, which happened to be the case for FINMA-regulated Swiss VASPs so far,â Lucas Betschart, CEO and founder of 21 Analytics, said in an email.
- The live demonstration â viewable here â between Crypto Finance and Mt Pelerin was powered by 21 Analyticsâ AI regtech, and ran over Swiss FATF travel rule system OpenVASP and the TRP, another institution-focused solution led by ING Bank.
- It also used the industryâs data standard, the InterVASP Messaging Standard (IVMS101).Â
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