Tag Archives: Stablecoin

News Release: Public interest groups call on Congress to scrutinize Google’s foray into cryptocurrency

Today, in a letter to Congress, 17 national advocacy organizations representing consumers, investors, and digital rights concerns called on the House Financial Services Committee to hold a hearing scrutinizing the steps tech giant Google (Alphabet) is taking to enter the cryptocurrency and digital assets markets, and how such moves might negatively impact privacy rights, consumer protections and safeguards against economic concentration. The call echoes concerns raised previously by advocates regarding Facebook’s designs on the financial services sector with the introduction of its now scuttled stablecoin, Libra (renamed Diem). 

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Letters to Regulators: Letter to the Treasury/President’s Working Group on Stablecoin Regulation

AFREF submitted a letter to the Treasury today raising concerns that the President’s Working Group is considering recommending Congress create special bank charters to regulate stablecoins. We instead believe the President’s Working Group should clarify the existing authorities that each of the regulatory agencies have and call on those agencies to exercise their authorities now. We find this especially pertinent given the recent enforcement action brought Friday by the CFTC against Tether.

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Letters to Congress: Statement to House Financial Services Committee on Facebook Libra Proposal

The AFR Education Fund sent a statement for the record to the House Financial Services Committee concerning Facebook’s proposal for the Libra digital token and payment system. The statement describes ways in which Facebook is attempting to create an unregulated financial product of potentially global scale and the dangers this would pose to the users of the token and the broader financial system.