70 minutes | Nov 17th 2020

Everything You Need to Know About the Looming Battle Over Privacy in Crypto - Ep.199

Jake Chervinsky, general counsel at Compound Labs, and Kristin Smith, executive director of The Blockchain Association, talk about the storm brewing in the cryptosphere involving self-custody and privacy. In this episode, they cover:

  • the differences between hosted and self-hosted wallets and how transactions between them differ
  • why the ability to transact from self-hosted wallets is so important
  • compliance and regulation in the traditional financial world and how it could affect self-custody
  • the “Swiss rule” and what it could mean for the rest of the world
  • the proposal by FinCEN to lower the threshold for collecting data on transactions from $3,000 to $250
  • how regulators might achieve their goals without “dragnet” surveillance
  • how the amount of crime and money laundering in the traditional financial system compares to that in the crypto world
  • why OTC brokers are considered the most significant money laundering risk in crypto, and how that risk might be mitigated
  • how different political environments can influence the value of peer to peer transactions
  • whether Americans should be willing to give up some of their financial privacy in favor of security
  • what the recent statement by the DOJ's cryptocurrency enforcement framework labeling anonymous transactions as "high-risk activity indicative of possible criminal conduct" could mean for privacy coins like Monero and Zcash
  • Gary Gensler's appointment as head of Biden's financial policy transition team and whether to view it as a positive or negative for crypto
  • whether they think the incoming Congress will be in favor of more surveillance or more privacy
  • whether there might eventually be regulations for developers who write code for self-hosted wallets
  • how potential rules regarding self-custody could affect non-monetary items like NFTs
  • and the next big developments they are watching out for regarding this issue


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Episode links: 

Jake Chervinsky: https://twitter.com/jchervinsky

Compound Labs: https://compound.finance


Kristin Smith: https://twitter.com/kmsmithdc

The Blockchain Association: https://theblockchainassociation.org/



FinCen NPRM: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/10/27/2020-23756/threshold-for-the-requirement-to-collect-retain-and-transmit-information-on-funds-transfers-and


Coin Center commentary on lowering FinCEN threshold: https://www.coincenter.org/app/uploads/2020/10/Coin-Center-Comment-FinCEN-FRB-250-threshold.pdf 


Unchained episode about the FATF travel rule: https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-the-travel-rule-is-one-of-the-most-significant-regulations-in-crypto/ 


The choice of Gary Gensler to lead the financial policy transition team: 





Shapeshift delists Zcash: https://www.coindesk.com/shapeshift-delists-privacy-coin-zcash-over-regulatory-concerns

Jessie Liu interview on Unchained: https://unchainedpodcast.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-dojs-cryptocurrency-enforcement-framework/

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