Policy & regulation

Privacy Laws Are Only as Effective as the Companies Implementing Them

Privacy is a hot topic for legislators all over the world. Democractic presidential candidates have privacy laws and regulations in their campaign platforms. Amy Klobuchar discussed a tax on companies who share user data. Elizabeth Warren has introduced legislation that considers the idea of jail time for CEOs over privacy failures. Before he dropped out …

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Governor: Colorado Startups Have Raised $50M in Venture Capital

Colorado Governor Jared Polis sat down with CoinDesk at ETHDenver, the third edition of the ethereum hackathon in the Mile High City. A digital native noted for launching multiple internet enterprises, Polis led the charge for bitcoin and other digital assets in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2009 to 2019. “Colorado is the center …

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When Corporations Violate Privacy, They Do Concrete Harm

Lindsey Barrett, a staff attorney at Georgetown Law, does not hold back when she sees bad actors in the tech space. She recently vehemently opposed the Sprint-T-Mobile merger in Slate, warning that “further consolidating an already anti-competitive sector” would make “it easier for those companies to gouge their customers.” Social media companies are making our …

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TON Developers, Investors Back Telegram in SEC Fight

Undeterred by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s lawsuit against Telegram, developers and investors in the company’s blockchain project have formed a nonprofit for community governance. One of the TON Community Foundation’s first actions was to defend Telegram in the case, filing a friend of the court brief Friday in the U.S. District Court …

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US Intelligence Officials Are Funding Research on Dollar-Crushing ‘Black Swan’ Events

The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) wants to sponsor a post-doc researcher to study what would happen if the U.S. dollar lost its status as the world’s reserve currency. In a job listing posted late last year, the agency called for applicants from the U.S. who have a background in economics. …

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Trump’s Fed Nominee Judy Shelton Says US Should Be Proactive on Digital Dollar

Judy Shelton, President Trump’s nominee to the Federal Reserve Board, told lawmakers that digitizing the U.S. dollar could help maintain the currency’s ascendancy in global commerce.  At her Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, Shelton said the U.S. needs fintech innovation to keep ahead of other countries.  “Yes, it is a dominant reserve currency but we can’t …

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Iran Concerns May Be Driving Trump Administration’s Talk of New Crypto Rules

Tensions with Iran may be behind U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s cryptocurrency compliance comments on Wednesday. The New York Times reported the Trump administration “has expressed growing concern” that this technology is being used to “evade American sanctions on countries like Iran.” Earlier this week, the Parliament of Iran Research Center published a report suggesting …

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The US Government’s Mixed Signals on Digital Currency Privacy

To look at the U.S. government, it is the best of times and the worst of times for personal financial privacy.  On the one hand, in comments before the Senate Financial Services Committee, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his agency’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, is planning stricter regulations on anti-money laundering and crypto.  …

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Could a Digital Dollar Compete on Privacy? Fed Chairman Powell Hints It Might

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has given advocates of financial privacy a glimmer of hope – and hinted at how the U.S. might competitively position a future digitized dollar. In testimony before Congress this week, Powell was asked whether the Fed had any “visibility” into China’s progress developing a central bank digital currency (CBDC). “Yes, …

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IRS Refused to Clarify That Its Crypto Tax Guidance Isn’t Binding, US Watchdog Says

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should – but won’t – clarify how taxes are levied on cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency transactions in the U.S., the government’s top auditing institution said Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), a U.S. Congress watchdog, published a report in response to a request from Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex.), evaluating the IRS’s …

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