The Finland-based, peer-to-peer cryptocurrency trading platform LocalBitcoins released a statement on March 25, 2019, responding to a new act approved by the Finnish Parliament that will require users to verify their identities. This marks a major change for the service, which had been a primary way for users wishing to protect their anonymity to meet others willing to buy or sell bitcoin in person without sharing details about their identities.
China has always been a very interesting region to keep an eye on when it comes to cryptocurrency. Unfortunately, that is not always for the right reasons either, which is what makes every bit of news a double-edged blade. In the latest “publicity stunt” Chinese officials are now looking for ways to deanonymize cryptocurrency and blockchain service users.
China Still Dislikes Cryptocurrency
Over the past few years, it has become increasingly apparent China has no real love lost for cryptocurrencies.
Anonymous and privacy-oriented cryptocurrencies have always been a topic of controversy. Even though these currencies do not facilitate illegal activity by default, it seems the association with such activities is enough to make regulators nervous. In Taiwan, the government has decided to ban anonymous cryptocurrency transactions as part of the new Money laundering Control Act.
Taiwan Makes an Interesting Decision
As is always the case when a discussion regarding cryptocurrencies arises, the topic of anonymity is never far away.
In a bid to lower the barriers to mainstream adoption of blockchain technology, professional services giant Ernst & Young (EY) has launched a solution that it claims will allow companies to transact privately on Ethereum’s blockchain using zero-knowledge proof (ZKP).
Dubbed the EY Ops Chain Public Edition (PE), the solution will reportedly allow enterprises to issue and sell product tokens on a “public blockchain with private access to their transaction records.
Wasabi Wallet 1.0 went live today, October 31, 2018. The release, which Wasabi’s creator Ádám Ficsór humbly called “nothing revolutionary,” cleans up the software and makes it compatible with macOS.
“The 1.0 release is a download and run that works properly on all platforms (Windows, Linux, OSX.) We made the wallet load time faster, caught some memory leaks, [and] rewrote the OSX backend of the UI library we used,” Ficsór told Bitcoin Magazine.