South Korean Crypto Exchange Coinpia Suspends Fiat Deposits

by Arnab Shome
  • The decision was the result of inability to integrate the mandatory user verification system.
South Korean Crypto Exchange Coinpia Suspends Fiat Deposits
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South Korean cryptocurrency Exchange Coinpia has announced that it is suspending fiat deposits and also its trading services. This decision comes as the exchange cannot adhere to the new rules imposed by the South Korean government regarding user identification and KYC processes.

Coinpia put up a notice on its website stating that the exchange is no longer taking deposits in fiat currency as of the 30th of January, so as not to violate the requirements of the Financial Services Commission (FSC).

On the 23rd of January, the FSC announced that, starting from February, all cryptocurrency traders will have to use their real names and associated bank accounts if they want to continue to participate in the industry - all anonymous accounts will be banned.

According to Coinpia, the exchange is finding it difficult to integrate the user identification system, which forces the exchange to make decisions which impose limitations on its operation.

Coinpia was one of the eight exchanges recently fined by the South Korean Communications Commission for using inefficient data protection measures for protecting user information.

According to ttrcoin.com, only three of the six banks working with South Korean stock exchanges have decided to provide cryptocurrency trading platforms with facilities that are compliant with the new requirements of the FSC. Thus, out of 25 exchanges, only four were able to successfully move to accounts linked with real traders’ names. The situation with rest of the exchanges is not clear at this point.

South Korean news portal Yonhap noted: “New accounts are issued only to those exchanges that meet certain requirements. If they do not correspond to them, they may be denied installation of the user identification system.”

Shinhan Bank, which serves Bithumb, the largest exchange of the country, also decided not to issue the new accounts yet, taking into account the fact that Bithumb is currently investigating last year's hack.

South Korean cryptocurrency Exchange Coinpia has announced that it is suspending fiat deposits and also its trading services. This decision comes as the exchange cannot adhere to the new rules imposed by the South Korean government regarding user identification and KYC processes.

Coinpia put up a notice on its website stating that the exchange is no longer taking deposits in fiat currency as of the 30th of January, so as not to violate the requirements of the Financial Services Commission (FSC).

On the 23rd of January, the FSC announced that, starting from February, all cryptocurrency traders will have to use their real names and associated bank accounts if they want to continue to participate in the industry - all anonymous accounts will be banned.

According to Coinpia, the exchange is finding it difficult to integrate the user identification system, which forces the exchange to make decisions which impose limitations on its operation.

Coinpia was one of the eight exchanges recently fined by the South Korean Communications Commission for using inefficient data protection measures for protecting user information.

According to ttrcoin.com, only three of the six banks working with South Korean stock exchanges have decided to provide cryptocurrency trading platforms with facilities that are compliant with the new requirements of the FSC. Thus, out of 25 exchanges, only four were able to successfully move to accounts linked with real traders’ names. The situation with rest of the exchanges is not clear at this point.

South Korean news portal Yonhap noted: “New accounts are issued only to those exchanges that meet certain requirements. If they do not correspond to them, they may be denied installation of the user identification system.”

Shinhan Bank, which serves Bithumb, the largest exchange of the country, also decided not to issue the new accounts yet, taking into account the fact that Bithumb is currently investigating last year's hack.

About the Author: Arnab Shome
Arnab Shome
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About the Author: Arnab Shome
Arnab is an electronics engineer-turned-financial editor. He entered the industry covering the cryptocurrency market for Finance Magnates and later expanded his reach to forex as well. He is passionate about the changing regulatory landscape on financial markets and keenly follows the disruptions in the industry with new-age technologies.
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