Canada says will keep closer track of Bitcoin, virtual currencies

Reuters

Canada will toughen rules targeting money laundering and terrorist financing to keep a closer eye on the use of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the government revealed in the federal budget on Tuesday.

Like cash, Bitcoins can be used in transactions without providing a record of its source. The virtual currency, whose value at one point topped $1,000, has been used for all types of online purchases, both legal and illegal.

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The Silk Road, an eBay-like Bitcoin exchange that included listings for guns and heroin, was recently shut down by the U.S. authorities.

Online casinos will also be brought into the government's existing money laundering rules, the federal government said.