• PayPal has announced that it will temporarily suspend crypto sales in the UK starting October 1 due to new regulatory measures.
• The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently issued regulations for crypto firms operating in the U.K., requiring additional steps before customers can purchase cryptocurrency.
• PayPal is taking this measure to comply with FCA regulations and ensure a safe trading environment for its customers.
PayPal Suspends Crypto Sales in the U.K.
PayPal has announced that it will temporarily suspend crypto sales in the UK starting October 1, following new developments in the region’s regulatory landscape. The move comes as a response to new rules enacted by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) that require crypto firms to implement additional steps before customers can purchase cryptocurrency, so as to ensure a safe trading environment for its customers.
The FCA recently reminded crypto firms operating in the country to comply with its new marketing regulations by October 8th. In a letter dated July 4th, the financial watchdog warned U.K. crypto operators that they would have only four routes for legally communicating crypto asset promotions to consumers in the region, or face legal penalties such as unlimited fines and/or up to two years imprisonment if found culpable. Other enforcement actions may include placing the firm on the FSC’s warning list and removing or blocking its promotions, such as websites, mobile apps, and social media accounts.
Despite successfully launching its PYUSD stablecoin on August 7th, PayPal says that ceasing some of its services will allow them to comply with recent legislative measures enacted by FCA regarding cryptocurrencies within U.K.. As part of these changes, PayPal has sent an email to select customers notifying them of their inability buy cryptocurrencies using their service after October 1st onwards due these compliance technicalities .
The tightening regulatory environment has seen only 38 firms approved by The FCS since January 2020 out of 291 applications received during this period , highlighting an increased scrutiny of companies operating within this space and causing upheaval amongst those seeking approval .
PayPal is taking this measure out of an abundance caution and ultimately as a means of complying with newly implemented regulations from governing bodies such as The FCA . As more information regarding PayPal’s decision becomes available , we will be sure update our readers accordingly .