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Bitcoins Join Global Bank Network 84

Posted by timothy
from the now-you're-totally-untraceable dept.
another random user writes "Bitcoin-Central, a currency exchange that specialises in virtual cash, has won the right to operate as a bank. They got the go-ahead thanks to a deal with French financial firms Aqoba and Credit Mutuel. The exchange is one of many that swaps bitcoins, computer generated cash, for real world currencies. The change in status makes it easier to use bitcoins and bestows national protections on balances held at the exchange. Under European laws, the deal means Bitcoin-Central becomes a Payment Services Provider (PSP) that has an International Bank ID number. This puts it on an equal footing with other payment networks such as PayPal and WorldPay. As a PSP it will be able to issue debit cards, carry out real-time transfers to other banks and accept transfers into its own coffers."
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Bitcoins Join Global Bank Network

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  • PayPal is not a bank (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 08, 2012 @08:01AM (#42224365)

    ...It is a soul-less monster.

  • by maxwell demon (590494) on Saturday December 08, 2012 @08:09AM (#42224389) Journal

    "However, he said, this protection only applied to balances held in euros rather than bitcoins."

    So either you have an Euro account which is treated as a real bank account, or you get a Bitcoin account and are outside those regulations.
    In other words, they now have an Euro bank and a Bitcoin exchange combined in the same company, but not a Bitcoin bank.

  • by maxwell demon (590494) on Saturday December 08, 2012 @09:11AM (#42224513) Journal

    They don't claim to be a Bitcoin bank.

    But the story title does.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 08, 2012 @01:35PM (#42226057)

    There seems to be some confusion about our recent announcement of a partnership with Aqoba allowing us to hold Euro balances legally. There has been an overwhelming response to this development, unfortunately some of the information quoted by journalists is factually incorrect.

    This shall serve as a clarification.

    In short, Paymium is neither a bank, nor a PSP. And it doesn't need to be.

    Paymium, the company behind Bitcoin-Central has partnered with Aqoba, which is a registered PSP. The Crédit Mutuel Arkéa bank (not to be confused with the Crédit Mutuel bank) is the bank that Aqoba is associated with to provide the financial infrastructure a PSP needs.

    This allows Aqoba to keep funds on behalf of third-parties in payment accounts ("comptes de paiement") which are different from bank accounts ("comptes de dépôt"). The difference between these is that funds deposited on a payment account may not be used for investments or loaned out. Additionnaly, these accounts have no overdraft capabilities.

    These accounts will soon get their own IBAN number, be able to be associated with a debit card, but remain distinct from what is legally referred to as a "bank account".

    In short :

    Crédit Mutuel Arkéa is the bank that is used by Aqoba for its financial infrastructure needs,
    Aqoba is a registered PSP,
    Paymium works with Aqoba in order to operate as an intermediary when individuals and corporations wish to engage in the exchange of Bitcoins,
    The "Garantie des dépôts" mechanism (which resembles the FDIC) covers our clients against a collapse of the Crédit Mutuel Arkéa bank.
    Funds deposited with us will still remain clearly separated from Paymium's funds.

    It is still a big development for a Bitcoin exchange to be able to operate legally within the European regulatory framework. Bitcoin-Central is leading the way in this respect. But we're neither a bank, nor a PSP. And we intend to keep it that way.

  • by bogidu (300637) on Saturday December 08, 2012 @01:38PM (#42226081)

    Don't just help spread rumors from other sources.

    There seems to be some confusion about our recent announcement of a partnership with Aqoba allowing us to hold Euro balances legally. There has been an overwhelming response to this development, unfortunately some of the information quoted by journalists is factually incorrect.

    This shall serve as a clarification.

    In short, Paymium is neither a bank, nor a PSP. And it doesn't need to be.

    Paymium, the company behind Bitcoin-Central has partnered with Aqoba, which is a registered PSP. The Crédit Mutuel Arkéa bank (not to be confused with the Crédit Mutuel bank) is the bank that Aqoba is associated with to provide the financial infrastructure a PSP needs.

    This allows Aqoba to keep funds on behalf of third-parties in payment accounts ("comptes de paiement") which are different from bank accounts ("comptes de dépôt"). The difference between these is that funds deposited on a payment account may not be used for investments or loaned out. Additionnaly, these accounts have no overdraft capabilities.

    These accounts will soon get their own IBAN number, be able to be associated with a debit card, but remain distinct from what is legally referred to as a "bank account".

    In short :

    Crédit Mutuel Arkéa is the bank that is used by Aqoba for its financial infrastructure needs,
    Aqoba is a registered PSP,
    Paymium works with Aqoba in order to operate as an intermediary when individuals and corporations wish to engage in the exchange of Bitcoins,
    The "Garantie des dépôts" mechanism (which resembles the FDIC) covers our clients against a collapse of the Crédit Mutuel Arkéa bank.
    Funds deposited with us will still remain clearly separated from Paymium's funds.

    It is still a big development for a Bitcoin exchange to be able to operate legally within the European regulatory framework. Bitcoin-Central is leading the way in this respect. But we're neither a bank, nor a PSP. And we intend to keep it that way.

  • by GuldKalle (1065310) on Saturday December 08, 2012 @03:03PM (#42226723)

    Source, from the horse's mouth: https://bitcoin-central.net/s/aqoba-partnership [bitcoin-central.net]

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