Grant Fondo

Grant Fondo


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CFTC Fines Bitfinex For Failing To Register and Operating An Illegal Exchange

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), showing continued regulatory interest in digital currency companies, issued an Order and settled charges against Hong Kong-based digital currency exchange Bitfinex. The...more

6/9/2016 - Bitcoin CFTC Civil Monetary Penalty Commodities Exchange Act Cryptocurrency Digital Currency Hong Kong Registration Requirement

Recent Developments in Cybersecurity: The SEC is Preparing Cases against Firms for Lack of Cybersecurity Preparedness and Phishing...

SEC Enforcement - Andrew Ceresney, head of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement confirmed during a panel discussion at the Investment Company Institute’s Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference in Orlando, Fla.,...more

4/5/2016 - Cybersecurity Enforcement Actions IRS Phishing Scams Popular SEC

CFTC Takes First Action Against Virtual Currency Options Trading Platform

On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an Order against San Francisco-based Coinflip and its chief executive officer, Francisco Riordan, to resolve allegations that Coinflip...more

9/23/2015 - Bitcoin Cease and Desist Orders CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Digital Currency Enforcement Actions Swaps Unregistered Securities

FinCEN Continues Scrutiny of Virtual Currency Companies

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network recently issued two administrative rulings holding that certain virtual currency trading platforms and payment systems were subject to registration as money services businesses....more

11/10/2014 - Bank Secrecy Act Bitcoin Broker-Dealer FinCEN Money Transmitter MSB Payment Systems Virtual Currency

In Riley, Supreme Court Sets Mobile Device Privacy Expectations

In a recent decision with significant implications for smart phone users’ privacy expectations, the Supreme Court, in Riley v. California, unanimously rejected the application of the “incident to arrest doctrine” to law...more

7/7/2014 - Cell Phones Evidence Law Enforcement Riley v California SCOTUS Search Warrant

Release of Names With Interests in Offshore Entities: Ramifications

A database containing the names of more than 37,000 people with offshore entities and trusts in 10 tax haven jurisdictions was recently released online, providing a powerful investigative tool for regulators, journalists and...more

2/4/2014 - DOJ Foreign Banks Investigations IRS Offshore Banks Offshore Funds Tax Evasion Tax Haven

Could Bitcoin Make Retail Cybersecurity Obsolete?

Interesting question, but life is never easy, and digital currency brings its own set of challenges...more

2/3/2014 - Bitcoin Cybersecurity Law Matters Legal Perspectives Virtual Currency

Amendments to CalOPPA Enter Into Force Imposing New Requirements for Online Privacy Policies

Recent amendments to California’s Online Privacy Protection Act may have implications for all commercial online operators given the geographically limitless scope of the Internet. The amendments, effective Jan. 1, 2014,...more

1/13/2014 - CalOPPA Cybersecurity Data Protection Internet Privacy Policy Websites

FTC Pursuing Incorrect U.S.- EU Safe Harbor Certifications in Privacy Policies

The FTC is reviewing companies with privacy policies that claim U.S.-EU Safe Harbor certification. Companies that are not fully compliant and currently certified may face an FTC enforcement action, which could result in...more

12/6/2013 - Compliance Enforcement Actions EU FTC Privacy Policy Safe Harbors Websites

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