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OKEx Decides to Delist Zcash and Dash

OKEx, the South Korean arm of cryptocurrency exchange, has halted the delisting of two privacy coins due to regulatory pressure from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

On October 10 (Thursday), a notice has been received, which said that the planned suspension of both Zcash (ZEC) and Dash (DASH) support has been put under review.

Likewise, OKEx first announced its intentions to delist five privacy coins, also includes Monero (XMR), Horizen (ZEN) and Super Bitcoin (SBTC), in September citing FATF’s controversial “travel rule” for crypto asset service providers, which sets out how national regulators must oversee the industry.

Under the travel rule, crypto exchanges must be able to collect and circulate relevant information for transaction monitoring such as the name and address of the sender and recipient of virtual currencies.

Monero, Horizen and Super Bitcoin are still being delisted from the exchange as of October 10, OKEx said. However, a final decision on Zcash and Dash support will be announced after the compliance review.

Josh Swihart, the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at the Electric Coin Company, the Co-developer of Zcash, said that his firm has been working with OKEx since the September announcement.

He commented:

“Zcash is entirely compatible with all FATF recommendations including the travel rule. We’ve been working with OKEx and others in S. Korea and happy to hear that OKEx has decided to take additional time to further evaluate Zcash support based on newly available compliance information.” Josh Swihart

Since FATF’s announcement, there has been increasing pressure for exchanges to drop support for privacy coins.

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In particular, Coinbase dropped Zcash from its U.K. exchange in early August as the move was in relation to form a new banking relationship with ClearBank after Barclays withdrew its services from the company.

However, Upbit, the South Korean exchange, has also dropped Zcash recently.

According to Swihart, the Electric Coin Company has been actively lobbying regulators and lawmakers over its cryptocurrency.

Thus, an open brief on regulation and compliance posted in September stated:

“Zcash was designed to protect consumers’ financial privacy while retaining compatibility with global AML / CFT standards, including the FATF Recommendations that were adopted in June 2019. Importantly, the privacy provided by Zcash does not prevent regulated entities from fulfilling their regulatory obligations.”


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