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Operation Crypto Sweep: A Tale North American Cryptocurrency Regulation



NASAA is the oldes international investment protection organization.

The regulators are trying to keep up with the crypto sphere. It is not an easy task given the Wild West nature of the market. However, the rise in the fraudulent activities, conning of the users and a flood of overvalued ICO’s (Initial coin offerings) have forced the hands of the regulators.

This regulatory move was made in North America under auspices of NASAA.  The regulators from various levels of governance created an autonomous group to keep tabs on fraudulent ICO’s. It is the oldest international investor protection organization.

NASAA (North American Securities Administrators Association) has 67 members from territorial, provincial and state level of entire North America.

The organization is voluntary and aimed at the international crackdown of the fraudulent investments offerings. It came into existence in 1919 in Kansas.

They look at investment activities from the lenses of the existing securities law. NASAA involve the entities from United States, Canada and Mexico. The action against the fraud ICOs and startup firms in crypto sphere is already in progress across provinces and towns in north America.

NASAA has coordinated Operation Crypto Sweep which include more that forty state and provincial regulatory bodies. They are monitoring every crypto related activities and investments. There are reports suggesting that they have conducted more than 70 inquiries and half of them since the beginning of this May.

SEC chairmen of the United States Jay Clayton has applauded the efforts of NASAA. They have already targeted many firms such as Shipchain in South Carolina.

Shipchain was using Ethereum based logistical tools to sell tokens without proper registration. This was in contradiction with the local laws which treat investment contracts as securities.

This week they have targeted three Log Angeles based firms targeting the investors in Alabama, Texas and New Jersey.

Alabama Security Commission has coordinated with Texas and New Jersey security commissions to go after them for illegally soliciting behavior. Alabama Security Commission is a part of NASAA and conducted the investigation under Operation Crypto Sweep.


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Shubham Dwivedi is an ardent crypto enthusiast, gamer, fanatic binge watcher, and researcher. He writes frequently on the blockchain, crypto market, and ICOs. Self-proclaimed Libertarian and fan of Milton Freidman, his interests lie in the intersection of technology, economics, and politics. DC Fan but also loves Marvel, Manga Otaku, promiscuous reader and habitual cinephile.