- PayPal UK has registered with the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to offer crypto services, but faces significant restrictions from the regulator.
- PayPal UK’s registration is effective from Oct 31, but existing customers can only hold or sell tokens, not buy new ones, until 2024 due to regulatory uncertainty.
- The FCA has placed major restrictions on PayPal’s crypto activities like prohibiting peer-to-peer transactions, staking services, DeFi activities, and operating crypto ATMs.
PayPal’s Crypto Registration with the FCA
- PayPal UK’s registration was effective from Oct 31, according to the FCA’s website.
- However, a notice stated PayPal UK will face restrictions, meaning it cannot bring on new crypto customers or expand services.
- Existing customers can only hold or sell tokens, not buy new ones.
Background on UK Crypto Regulation
- PayPal’s registration comes as the UK Treasury released its final proposals for regulating crypto activities.
- The proposals will bring several crypto activities into regulatory oversight for the first time.
- Firms offering crypto services must be approved and comply with anti-money laundering rules.
FCA Restrictions on PayPal’s Crypto Services
- PayPal UK cannot facilitate peer-to-peer transactions, offer staking services, or participate in DeFi activities.
- It also cannot operate a crypto exchange machine.
- In August, PayPal had paused UK users’ ability to make crypto purchases due to regulatory uncertainty. This pause will continue until 2024.
While PayPal UK is now registered for crypto activities, it faces major restrictions from the FCA. The regulatory environment for crypto in the UK remains uncertain.