India Weighs Crypto Exchange IP Address Ban: Report

Key Takeaways

  • India is reportedly mulling a ban on IP addresses of cryptocurrency exchanges.
  • The reports come as the government prepares to introduce the Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021.
  • The government recently suggested that it would not outright ban cryptocurrencies.

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More bad news for crypto users in India. 

India Crypto Crush Ongoing 

The Indian government may block the IP addresses of cryptocurrency firms and exchanges, according to recent reports. 

Local news outlet Business Today covered the update, amid ongoing speculation surrounding the government’s stance on cryptocurrencies. The government will soon introduce the Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021, which is thought to include a blanket ban on all cryptocurrencies. 

Earlier this month, a senior government official told Reuters that an incoming cryptocurrency ban was very likely. They also said that holding cryptocurrencies would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in what would be one of the toughest policies in the world. 

In January, the government laid down an agenda proposing a ban on “private cryptocurrencies” like Bitcoin as it prepares to build a central bank digital currency. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has since advised stock promoters to exit their crypto positions before raising funds. 

A ban on crypto exchanges would be another crush on the space if implemented. Recently, the government took a similar move in hitting out against Chinese mobile apps and pornography. Hundreds of websites falling under the two categories are now inaccessible in the country. 

Loopholes to Possible Ban 

It’s unclear what an exchange ban would mean for automated market makers like Uniswap, which is accessible through IPFS. Moreover, experts have pointed out that Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) could be used to circumvent any ban. One source told local publication Business…

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