Crypto.com to use CipherTrace tool to comply with FATF’s travel rule


Crypto.com, the developer of a cryptocurrency exchange, wallet, debit card program and crypto app, is enhancing its compliance toolkit by executing a business service established by crypto intelligence company CipherTrace.

CipherTrace’s tool, called Traveler, takes its name from being created to fulfill the complex requirements of the Financial Action Task Force’s so-called “travel rule,” which entered force for Virtual Asset Service Providers, or VASPs, in 2020.

The FATF’s travel rule needs regulators and VASPs — consisting of crypto exchanges, custody suppliers and OTC trading desks — to collect and share client information throughout deals. This method broadly follows the requirements currently in location for cash transmitters in jurisdictions like the United States, which needs cash transmitters to record recognizing details on all celebrations associated with fund transfers made in between banks.

What makes the travel rule especially challenging for numerous VASPs is the various regional transpositions of the FATF’s standards in numerous jurisdictions throughout the world. Prior to embracing Traveler, Crypto.com had actually currently been confessed into the International Digital Asset Exchange Association and Global Digital Finance, 2 associations that intend to develop constant requirements and regulative practices for the international digital possession economy. 

Traveler, which continues CipherTrace’s longer-term deal with an open-source Travel Rule Information Architecture, or Trisa, is created to particularly deal with the counterparty VASP due diligence that is required by the FATF standards. 

The service, for that reason, assists VASPs to share delicate individual recognizable details to verify crypto deals and instantly determines VASP-to-VASP transfers along with the recipient VASP. The tool likewise scans addresses associated with inbound crypto deals and confirms the coming from VASP. In addition, it problems Know Your VASP digital certificates. All this forms the basis of an encrypted and equally validated facilities for the protected sharing of delicate information.

Crypto.com’s Chief Compliance Officer Antonio Alvarez informed Cointelegraph why the business had actually picked the CipherTrace tool in specific:

“For a travel rule tool to be useful, it needs broad acceptance, common standards and interoperability (with other tools). CipherTrace’s Traveler is based on Trisa’s Alliance which aims to address several points including interoperability. We are proud to be the first platform to implement Traveler and look forward to working with CipherTrace and our industry more broadly to standardize how compliance is handled.”

At the start of 2020, CipherTrace’s primary monetary expert John Jefferies stated, Travel Rule enforcement is simultaneously the biggest milestone and the biggest setback for crypto. It has and will continue to force a level of maturity that will enable the industry to grow into an institutionally accepted asset class […] It also presents an existential threat for many exchanges and poses potential privacy issues for users. The Travel Rule compliance operations will be costly even with open-source software like Trisa.”