06 Jun

A recent law in the United States grants the President expansive authority to restrict access to digital assets, sparking concerns among experts in the field. Scott Johnsson, a notable figure in digital assets, criticized the law for its wide-reaching implications, suggesting it could effectively empower the President to ban certain protocols and smart contracts. 

The legislation, which was strategically integrated by Senator Mark Warner, defines digital assets broadly and allows the President to block transactions involving U.S. individuals and foreign entities associated with terrorist activities. This includes imposing strict regulations on foreign financial institutions operating in the U.S. if they facilitate such transactions.

Consequences for consumers of digital assets

According to Johnsson's study, users may be forced to join permissioned and Know Your Customer (KYC) compliant blockchain networks due to the law's broad applicability, which would ultimately restrict their access to regulated blockchains.

He issues a warning that the action might be interpreted as an attempt to seize control of digital property while disguising its opposition to terrorism.

The components of the Terrorism Financing Prevention Act that Warner is said to have inserted provide for this presidential empowerment.

Introduced in an announcement from December 2023, the statute permits the U.S. Targeting "emerging threats involving digital assets" will be the Treasury Department's task.

June 2024, Cryptoniteuae 

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