Bybit, the world’s fifth-largest cryptocurrency derivatives exchange by trading volume, is planning to impose Know Your Customer rules.
A spokesperson for Bybit customer support told Cointelegraph that the new KYC rules are likely to be implemented by mid-July:
Individuals will have two KYC verification levels with Bitcoin withdrawals capped at 50 BTC and 100 BTC. Businesses have one KYC verification level with a 100 BTC limit.
Some crypto enthusiasts subsequently suggested that Bybit’s new KYC policies would negatively impact the exchange’s trading volumes. “Bybit volume will dry up. Why would you kyc there? It’s actually not enough of a good exchange to even want to do that,” Tradeboicarti16 noted on Twitter.
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Bybit has recently become the subject of increased scrutiny from global financial regulators. In mid-June, Canada’s Ontario Securities Commission announced it will be holding a hearing against Bybit regarding the crypto exchange’s alleged violations of Canadian securities law. Previously, the Japan Financial Services Agency warned that Bybit was not registered to operate crypto services in the country.
In March, Bybit suspended services for customers in the United Kingdom following a blanket ban by the Financial Conduct Authority on retail crypto derivatives trading.