Adrienne Harris, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) issued an update on the VOLT initiative
, an ongoing project to enhance DFS’s role as a virtual currency regulator. Superintendent Harris published proposed guidance adopting enhanced criteria for procedures to list and de-list virtual currencies as well as updated guidance for designating virtual currencies to the DFS “Greenlist.”
The new General Framework for Greenlisted Coins sets (i) heightened risk assessment standards for coin-listing policies and enhances requirements for consumer-facing products; and (ii) new requirements associated with coin-delisting policies. Under the new guidance, a virtual currency entity that seeks to self-certify coins must create a coin-listing policy and may not self-certify any coins until such possibly has a written approval from DFS. A coin-listing policy must contain and be based on a robust governance structure; comprehensive risk assessment; consideration of factors to identify and mitigate risks involved in each coin and its uses; and policies and procedures to conduct continued monitoring of the coin to ensure consistent safety and soundness compliance.
The new framework does not require prior approval from the DFS to list coins included on the Greenlist, but does require virtual currency entities that choose to list such coins to (i) provide advance notification to DFS and (ii) have a DFS-approved coin-delisting policy.