South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb is now accepting new investor registrations following integration of new regulator-mandated "know-your-customer" (KYC) procedures.
In an announcement on its homepage, Bithumb said that, starting from Feb.9, investors on the platform will be able to confirm their real identity through accounts at Nonghyup Bank. The firm further detailed that KYC integration with Shinhan Bank is also being pursued.
The integration arrives just 10 days after a formal ban on anonymous virtual trading accounts in South Korea. As reported by CoinDesk, the country's Financial Services Commission (FSC) had mandated that all cryptocurrency exchanges in the country must introduce real-name verification procedures for all customers via domestic banks by Jan. 30.
That followed the ruling that domestic banks must stop issuing new virtual accounts to cryptocurrency exchanges, announced in late December.
The KYC integration means existing and new investors registered on Bithumb are able to resume trading in compliance with the commission's rules.
Yet it appears that not every platform is finding it easy to transition to the new KYC procedures. A smaller exchange, Coinpia, had to halt trading and deposits after it failed to integrate the verification system with local banks.
According to an earlier report from Korea's news agency Yonhap, banks in South Korea may reject small- to mid-sized cryptocurrency platforms and only integrate with major exchanges such as Bithumb, Upbit, Coinone and Korbit.
Editor's note: Some statements have been translated from Korean.
User registration image via Shutterstock
The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is an independent media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. Have breaking news or a story tip to send to our journalists? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency.
IBM Says Blockchain Can Power 'Open Scientific Research' in New Patent Filing
A patent application published Thursday claims the process of conducting scientific research can benefit from the blockchain.
Led by a team at IBM's Watson Research Center, the patent application p
CFTC Fines Bitcoin Trader $1.1 Million for Crypto Fraud
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has jailed a bitcoin trader and fined him over $1 million for running a fraudulent bitcoin and litecoin scheme.
According to a press release iss
Japanese Firms Claim Success in Marine Insurance Blockchain Trial
One of Japan's largest insurance companies, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance, and IT firm NTT DATA have completed a trial that put the paperwork for marine cargo insurance claims on a blockchain.
Accenture Puts Software License Management on a Blockchain Platform
Global professional services giant Accenture has rolled out a new software license management application built with tech from distributed ledger startup Digital Asset.
Accenture announced in a pre
Singapore's Central Bank, SGX Develop Blockchain Settlement System
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the country's stock exchange, Singapore Exchange (SGX), have developed a settlement system for tokenized assets that can work across different blockchains
Colorado Regulators Crack Down on Four More ICOs
Colorado regulators took action against four ICOs Thursday, bringing the state's total number of cease-and-desist orders against crypto startups to 12.
The state's "ICO Task Force" rebuked Bitcoin
Ethereum Sets Tentative January Goal for Next Blockchain Upgrade
Developers are eyeing January 16th as the date on which Constantinople, ethereum's upcoming network hard fork, could launch.
The upgrade for the world's second-largest blockchain was originally tar
For Bitfinex Users, Dollar Withdrawals Are Now a Weeks-Long Struggle
Three weeks after being assured that everything was running smoothly, some customers of cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex are wondering why they still can't withdraw their money.
On Oct. 15, the cry