Bitcoin currency competition

This report surveys forty foreign jurisdictions and the European Union, reporting on any regulations or statements from central banks or government offices on the handling of bitcoins as well as any significant use of bitcoins in business transactions. Of those countries surveyed, only a very few, notably China and Brazil, have specific regulations applicable to bitcoin currency competition use. There is widespread concern about the Bitcoin system’s possible impact on national currencies, its potential for criminal misuse, and the implications of its use for taxation.

Overall, the findings of this report reveal that the debate over how to deal with this new virtual currency is still in its infancy. Updates and additional countries have been added below. There are no official statements on the Alderney government’s website regarding its position towards the bitcoin, and it appears to be unregulated on the island. Bitcoins are not legal currency strictly speaking, since they are not issued by the government monetary authority and are not legal tender.