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Blockchain technology is about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity, from health care to our Internet of Things devices. In this podcast, host Laura Shin talks with industry pioneers across tech, financial services, health care, government and other sectors about how the blockchain and cryptocurrency will open up new opportunities for incumbents, startups and everyday people to interact more efficiently, directly and globally.

Dec 22, 2020

Jeremy Allaire of Circle Pay and Kristin Smith of the Blockchain Association explain the impact of and motivation behind Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s proposed FinCEN rule that targets “unhosted” wallets. In this episode, they cover:

  • what the new FinCEN rule says, and how it would impact unhosted or self-hosted wallets, as well as crypto businesses
  • why they believe this is really politically motivated and unilateral midnight rule making by Secretary Mnuchin 
  • what other bureaucrats and policymakers think should be done instead 
  • whether the rule only affects businesses rather than individuals 
  • what information will be recorded according to the rule
  • ways to circumvent compliance 
  • how the rule affects DeFi and Web3
  • the procedural hurdles Mnuchin took to propose the rule, and what they recommend the crypto community to do try to stop the implementation of the rule 
  • how the rule comports with European GDPR regulations 
  • which government entities will be tasked with making the regulatory changes the space needs 
  • why President-Elect Joe Biden’s administration may be more favorable for the space


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Episode links: 

Jeremy Allaire: 

Kristin Smith:



The Blockchain Association:


Stories on proposed rule:


Effect on DeFi:


Coin Center response:


Brian Armstrong’s earlier tweet thread:

Collins Belton’s tweet thread: