Electronic payment methods become increasingly popular, offering convenience or improved security to consumer transactions. Credit and debit cards, payment using mobile devices and electronic wallets (such as PayPal and Alipay) are commonly accepted by merchants worldwide. Cryptocurrency assets based on blockchain technology promise innovation and independence from central banks, leading to a significant investment by enthusiasts while governments assess whether to regulate them or not.
In the Americas, regulation of e-payment systems are common but only a few countries have specific regulation on cryptocurrency assets, including bitcoin. In Mexico, financial institutions are explicitly allowed to use ‘virtual currencies’ under certain conditions since March 2018. In Argentina, the government introduced taxes on cryptocurrency earnings in 2017, while in Canada tax rules apply to cryptocurrency assets since 2013.
05 December 18
Webinar: Net neutrality: State of play in Europe
Watch the recording of this 1-hour webinar on the state of play of net neutrality in Europe, ahead of BEREC's evaluation of the net neutrality regulation and guidelines.
29 November 18
Key data on the Middle East and North Africa telecoms regulations landscape – now also covering Iraq
Cullen International published a new version of its Telecoms 'Country Profiles' for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This updated edition now also includes coverage of Iraq, in addition to the 11 MENA countries previously covered.
22 November 18
Competition policy in the digital economy
Our new 'Tracker' lists the issues being considered in the discussions about the role and boundaries of the appropriate competition policy in the digital economy in Europe, giving an overview of EU and national level initiatives taken so far (cases, studies, sector inquiries).