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DEC 1, 2023

Korea requires lawmakers and senior officials to declare crypto holdings

by CoinNess Global

South Korea’s Ministry of Government Legislation announced on Thursday (local time) that 84 new legislative statutes are set to be implemented in December. Among these statutes, an amendment to the Public Service Ethics Act stands out, which will require lawmakers and senior government officials to report their virtual asset holdings.  

Starting Dec 14

The Public Service Ethics Act requires public officials in political service, government officials of rank four or higher and executives of public service-related organizations to declare their own wealth as well as that of their spouses and lineal relatives. In Korea, public servants are ranked from one to nine, with one being the highest and nine being the lowest. As it stands, disclosing cryptocurrency holdings isn’t mandated, but this will change from Dec. 14 due to recent amendments. Records of cryptocurrency transactions will also be subject to disclosure.

Possible restrictions on departments or employees

Furthermore, the leader of a national or local government organization has the authority to enforce restrictions on the acquisition of virtual assets for specific departments or employees under their jurisdiction. This action is applicable if their roles are associated with accessing cryptocurrency information or having an impact on the crypto market. In such scenarios, the chief officer is obligated to report their methods of imposing these restrictions to the pertinent government ethics committee. The committee then holds the right to recommend adjustments to these strategies.
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