NCLA Fights IRS Crypto Investment Data Collection – Bitcoin Magazine

If you’re a bitcoin trader or investor, you’ve probably traded on multiple cryptocurrency exchanges and, for the most part, trusted that those exchanges are keeping your data secure from unlawful data collection just like a bank or credit card provider would. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case.  On July 15, 2020 (Tax Day this year), New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) filed a lawsuit on behalf of James Harper against the IRS, challenging the agency’s unlawful collection of private cryptocurrency information. Harper decided to take this action against the…

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Ledger’s recent security audit was unconnected to their data breach in June

Popular hardware wallet company Ledger recently announced that they had passed a notable security evaluation, known as SOC 2 Type 1. This certification came following a significant data breach the company suffered in June. Ledger did not, however, decide to conduct its security audit because of the breach, according to comments from a Ledger representative.  “Ledger is always seeking to raise the security standards and has been working on getting the attestation prior to the data breach,” the representative told Cointelegraph.  News of Ledger’s completed SOC 2 Type 1 audit…

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Foresight or folly? Data show 70% of exchanges are unmoved by DeFi volume

A recent survey by cryptocurrency data aggregator, CryptoCompare, shows that centralized exchange operators do not see the emergence of decentralized trading venues like Uniswap as a threat despite growing volume and activity in the DeFi space.  In its September exchange review, CryptoCompare asked 26 of the leading venues in the space how likely it was for DEX liquidity to overtake that of centralized exchanges in a 2-year time span. 70% of those interviewed said that decentralized exchanges will not overtake centralized exchange volume due to their lack of liquidity. Only…

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Multiple data points suggest Bitcoin’s 2017-style bull run has begun

Last week, Bitcoin (BTC) saw its price rise 6.95%, rising from $10,804 on October 5 to $11,555 by October 12. The surge marked the best performing week for the price of Bitcoin since July and data show a noticeable shift in market sentiment around the digital asset. According to data from TheTie, an alternative data provider for digital assets, the daily sentiment score for Bitcoin has reached 62.4. The metric measures the tone of conversations in Twitter to derive positive or negative sentiment in the market, and any score above…

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Centralized data management hampered the global response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak, just like any other black swan event before it, revealed systemic weaknesses in a wide variety of industries and processes. With the information age now in full swing, this particular event emphasized the critical importance of data management, and it highlighted the failure of status quo data management systems.  In terms of the global response to the pandemic, the consequences of poor data management range from exacerbated shortages to unnecessarily long medicine development times, and the end result is more lives lost. On the other hand, opportunities…

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Investor losses legal battle against Bithumb for 2017 data breach incident

According to news agency Yonhap, Bithumb will not have to repay a crypto investor who allegedly lost $401,000 as a result of a 2017 data breach suffered by the firm. A High Court judge determined that the man (identified as “Mr. A” for privacy purposes) had failed to successfully prove that his data was compromised during the incident. As a result, the exchange will not be held liable for Mr. A’s lost funds. Mr. A stated that he was holding Korean won (KRW) funds on the exchange and that the…

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Crypto Exchange Coinbase Hands Over Customer Data to UK Tax Authority

Coinbase is handing over customer data to the British tax authority, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC). The measure affects customers with a U.K. address who received more than £5,000 ($6,450) worth of cryptocurrency during the 2019/20 tax year. On Oct. 2, Coinbase sent an email to its U.K. users advising them that it will share their account information with the HMRC. The exchange said the tax agency originally asked for records relating to all UK customers dating back to 2017, but it later worked out a plan that resulted…

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SushiSwap’s liquidity grab actually made Uniswap stronger — Data shows

SushiSwap is widely thought to have syphoned liquidity from Uniswap but new data from Flipside Crypto, a cryptocurrency on-chain analytics resource, suggests that the decentralized exchange’s launch mechanism actually benefited Uniswap by bringing new money into its liquidity pools. On Aug. 28, SushiSwap announced that it would launch its own decentralized exchange and many in the DeFi community referred to the project as a “vampire mining attack”. After forking from Uniswap, the most popular decentralized exchange in the space, SushiSwap created an incentive structure for users to switch to their…

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New Zealand Tax Agency Asks Crypto Firms to Hand Over Clients’ Personal Data

The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) of New Zealand has requested that crypto companies in the country hand over their customers’ personal details, cryptocurrency asset values as well as the type of asset held. According to a September 28 report by Radio New Zealand, the tax agency says it wants to improve its understanding of the digital asset industry “so we can work out how best to help taxpayers meet their income tax obligations.” New Zealand firms might not have legal grounds to refuse the request, says the report. In the…

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Whales profit mightily from lucrative DeFi yield farming: Data shows

Decentralized Finance has taken crypto by storm providing holders with a wide range of options to earn high-yield returns on their crypto and stablecoin holdings. DeFi has not only led to huge rallies in the prices of governance and reward tokens like YFI and LEND but it has also given way to a new-found interest in cryptocurrencies. The release of liquidity protocols like Uniswap and Curve gave way to an explosion in DeFi, with even institutional clients gaining interest in acquiring yield on their crypto holdings. Now, the subsequent explosion…

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