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South Korea Introduces Groundbreaking Virtual Asset User Protection Act to Safeguard Digital Economy

South Korea has taken a significant stride by enacting the Virtual Asset User Protection Act, which establishes a legal framework to safeguard virtual assets.

This newly passed law, comprising 19 proposals put forth by lawmakers, is set to be effective from next year.

The legislation is groundbreaking in nature, as it not only provides definitions for digital assets but also imposes penalties for unfair transactions involving virtual assets.

Service providers will be obligated to comply with stringent regulations, including the segregation of user assets, obtaining insurance coverage, holding a portion of reserves in secure cold wallets, and maintaining comprehensive transaction records.

The primary objective of this forward-thinking approach is to enhance user protection and strengthen the overall integrity of the virtual asset ecosystem.

To accomplish this, the Financial Services Commission (FSC) in South Korea has been granted authoritative powers to oversee and conduct inspections of service providers operating in the virtual asset domain.

Additionally, the Bank of Korea is empowered to request essential data from these service providers.

This heightened level of scrutiny surrounding virtual assets is a direct response to recent events, such as the investigation into a domestic lawmaker’s crypto holdings and the unfortunate collapse of Terraform Labs the previous year.

By bolstering regulatory oversight and enhancing information-gathering capabilities, South Korea aims to restore trust and stability in the virtual asset sector while safeguarding the interests of its citizens.

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