Bitcoin ATMs—teller machines that allow users carry out bitcoin-fiat transactions are one of the biggest tools that promote the mainstream adoption of cryptocurrency. This week brought more opportunities to further propagate these machines as authorities in New York and Germany ok’ed their use of their use in their respective jurisdictions.
Coinsource Becomes First Bitcoin ATM Operator to get New York’s BitLicense
Bitcoin ATM operator, Coinsource announced that it has been granted the virtual currency license by New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS). According to the press statement published on its website on Thursday, Nov. 1, the operators noted that approval makes it the first DFS virtual currency licensee to operate Bitcoin Teller Machines (BTM).
According to the statement, the license allows the company to better serve its customers. CEO of Coinsource Sheffield Clark remarked:
“Now that Coinsource is a license holder, our customers can buy and sell with confidence that Coinsource meets and exceeds the high standards set by the New York Department of Financial Services.”
Coinsource already has 40 bitcoin ATMs installed with New York City, Westchester and Nassau County.
Conditions for New York Virtual Currency License
As expected, the approval from the state regulators came with strict conditions meant to prevent fraud and ensure the safety of users. For its part, the New York DFS said it rigorously examined the application submitted by BTM operator.
Coinsource is expected to adhere to strict anti-money-laundering and terrorism-financing (AML/CFT). It was also directed to use “risk-based controls” to prevent the illegal use and abuse of bitcoin, such as market manipulation.
Financial Services Superintendent Maria T. Vullo noted the conditions were necessary for customer safety. She said, “Today’s approval is a further step in implementing strong regulatory safeguards and effective risk-based controls while encouraging the responsible growth of financial innovation.”
Despite the conditions attached to the approval, Coinsource is upbeat about the
New York represents not just a center of global innovation but also one of our largest target markets. We are extremely proud to be the only BTM operator holding a New York virtual currency license.”