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PayPal registers crypto service with UK FCA

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PayPal, the global payments giant, has successfully registered as a cryptocurrency service provider with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the United Kingdom, according to the regulator’s website. 

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Fast Facts

  • PayPal UK Limited has since been permitted to carry out “certain cryptoasset activities” in the country, according to the FCA’s register.
  • The registration allows the firm to approve its own crypto-related marketing efforts under the newly imposed regulatory regime.
  • The FCA’s new regulations went into effect on Oct. 8, requiring clearer risk disclosures for crypto companies as well as a 24-hour grace period for customers to reconsider their investments.
  • PayPal announced in August that it will pause crypto sales in the U.K. for a minimum of three months starting Oct. 1, as a response to the FCA’s new regulations. The firm said in August that expects to restart crypto sales in early 2024.
  • Outside the U.K., the fintech giant continues expanding its crypto services. At the beginning of August, it launched PayPal USD, a U.S. dollar-backed stablecoin on Ethereum.

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