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12 Nov

Study Shows that Private Blockchains Might be Compatible with EU GDPR Privacy Rules

By Zach Blockchain, EU, GDPR Read Comments

As you may already know, blockchain technology has massive potential to disrupt numerous industries throughout the world. However, the worldwide adoption of the technology is only possible with a supportive regulatory framework.

A study carried out by the University of Cambridge in partnership with the Queen Mary University of London, discusses whether private blockchains are compatible with the recently-adopted European Union GDPR privacy law.

To put things better into perspective, the GDPR law is responsible for regulating how personal data of EU citizens is stored and processed. As such, all companies that control personal data operating within the EU must respect a set of rules concerning the storage, transfer and use of personal data. Failure to do so leads to a fine as large as €20 million EUR, or a percentage of the global revenues obtained by the company breaching the law.


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29 Oct

Is the Majority of the Cryptocurrency Market Centralised? A Research Study Thinks So!

By Daniel Zo SEC, Fiat, ICO, Ethereum, Ripple, CryptoCompare Read Comments

One of the biggest advantages that cryptocurrencies have over their fiat counterparts is the decentralized status, which provides higher security, reduces attack risks, and ensures that coins are not controlled by a central entity. Despite this aspect, recent research has concluded that the majority of digital assets available on the market are centralized.

To put things better into perspective, CryptoCompare, which is a market data aggregator, has recently published a digital asset analysis for over 200 coins. The authors analysed the digital assets from a variety of different perspectives, and using more than 30 attributes. When doing the analysis, researchers considered the supply concentration, distribution, market cap, governance, volume data, regulatory classification, and decentralized status of the coins.


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02 May

European Parliament Votes for Stricter Regulation for Cryptocurrency Market

By Daniel Zo EU, EP, Cryptocurrency, Regulation Read Comments

During the last couple of months, the European Parliament (EP) and Commission (EC) have been actively involved in discussion of appropriate regulation for the digital currency market. Now, recent reports indicate that the EP has voted for a stricter array of regulations for the crypto market.

With this in mind, once the legislation is applied at the European Union level, crypto exchanges alongside wallet providers will be required to introduce specific due diligence procedures for their customers. In other words, wallets and exchanges may soon have to begin verifying user identity. Additionally, the measures also point out that crypto wallets and exchanges will need to register before being allowed to offer their service.


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19 Apr

NASA Considering Ethereum Blockchain for Space Exploration Project

By Daniel Zo Blockchain, Ethereum, NASA Read Comments

So far, there hasn’t been much news regarding any involvement of NASA with blockchain technology, or digital currencies. However, things are about to change, as a research project that recently received funding from NASA, will be looking for ways to leverage Ethereum’s smart contracts, to help automate spacecraft manoeuvring and avoid space debris.

NASA, which is also co-running the research and development effort of the project, has mentioned that the development may revolutionize the search for deep space probes. To put things better into perspective, NASA is investing in a project that would use blockchain and smart contract technology to not only enhance space communications, but also to make navigation efforts safer and more efficient.


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23 Feb

ICO Start-Ups to Create Ethereum Community Fund to Sponsor Projects

By Daniel Zo Ethereum, ICO Read Comments

Given its versatility, Ethereum has grown to not only be known as a digital currency, but rather as a platform for creating innovative, crypto-based projects as well. In an effort to further encourage development of apps, services and tokens on the Ethereum platform, six large blockchain-related companies alongside with a Japanese venture capital firm, have decided to create the Ethereum Community Fund (ECF).

According to recent reports, the purpose of the ECF will be to fund projects and businesses that are part of the Ethereum ecosystem. At the beginning, the community fund will start with $100 million, raised by six projects alongside the venture capital firm. Reports indicate that the Ethereum creator, Vitalik Buterin, will be part of the advisory body.


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09 Feb

European Commission announces Blockchain Observatory & Forum

By Daniel Zo Blockchain, EU, European Commission Read Comments

While digital currencies seem to be losing value given the massive bear going on at this moment in time, institutions, governments and international organizations throughout the world are showcasing an increased interest towards blockchain, the underlying technology of bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies.

With this aspect in mind, recent reports indicate that the European Commission has decided to launch their very own EU Blockchain and Observatory Forum, in order to boost blockchain-related projects within the European Union. For those who do not know, the European Commission is the executive body of the EU, in charge with legislative initiative, budget management and control over other EU institutions.


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15 Jan

Ethereum Continues Reaching New All-Time Highs - $1,400 Threshold Passed

By Daniel Zo Ethereum Read Comments

Ethereum’s evolution during the last couple of days creates big hopes for the smart contracts and digital currency system. On the 10th of January, the digital currency managed to hit another all-time high, marking a 60% increase in value in a single week.

With this in mind, Ethereum managed to hit an all-time high of $1,416, which gives it an increase of 13,000% in around a year, a figure enviable by many other cryptocurrencies. While the massive growth in price begun recently, it is expected that it will last for a longer period of time.


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20 Dec

South Korea Plans to Introduce More Digital Currency Regulations

By Daniel Zo South Korea, EU, USA, Japan, ICO Read Comments

During the last couple of months, South Korea’s attitude on bitcoin and other digital currencies has begun to change, and recent reports now indicate that the country is considering new regulation. Before anything else, it is important to point out the fact that following China’s ban on ICOs and cryptocurrency exchanges, numerous companies affected moved abroad to countries such as South Korea and Japan, where regulation was more lenient.

However, according to recent reports, there have been several proposals in South Korea, meant to prevent those who are underage from opening accounts on digital currency exchanges, while also taxing capital gains made from trading.


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16 Dec

Ethereum Reaches new All-Time High of $750

By Daniel Zo Ethereum, Ether, EU, Bank Read Comments

The last few months have been truly kind to the world of digital currencies, considering the fact that all major cryptocurrencies have reached unbelievable new all-time highs, thanks to increasing investor interest, bitcoin futures, and new blockchain and crypto-based platforms revolutionizing our current financial system from the ground up.

With this in mind, Ethereum, which is the world’s second biggest digital currency in terms of market capitalization has reached a new all-time high on Thursday, the 14th of December, with values first breaking the $600 threshold, and then surging even higher to $750. At the time of writing, the value of Ether, has decreased a bit, as it is currently trading at approximately $670.


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27 Nov

Bitcoin surpasses $9,000 and Sets New All-Time High

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, Ethereum, CME Group Read Comments

It has often been said that bitcoin may reach the $10,000 milestone by the end of the year. While many speculated that this isn’t possible, the digital currency has recently hit the $9,000 milestone, and set a new all-time high.

The year of 2017 has been incredibly positive for bitcoin, considering the fact that its value multiplied 9 times, from $800-$1,000, to over $9,000.


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