Kraken Implements Self-Custodial Wallet Verification Requirement for UK Users

Kraken, a prominent cryptocurrency exchange, has initiated a verification process for its users in the United Kingdom, mandating verification of their self-custodial wallets. The move, reportedly driven by UK regulations, requires users to confirm ownership or control of their self-custodial wallets used for cryptocurrency transactions. Failure to comply by February 23, 2024, will lead to restrictions on the affected accounts. This action mirrors a broader trend among exchanges, aligning with increasing regulatory scrutiny on entities involved with digital assets. However, the challenge of verifying self-custodial wallets raises questions about privacy and regulatory compliance as regulators extend know-your-customer (KYC) regulations to cover such entities, highlighting ongoing debates in the crypto space.