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Coinbase Recommends Crypto Technology to Curtail Sanctions Violations

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Coinbase crypto technology strategies include restricting access of flagged individuals and organizations through the signup action, intercepting threats using an advanced blockchain analytics program, and detecting evasion attempts. 

Coinbase Global (NASDAQ: COIN), an American crypto exchange platform, has recommended the use of crypto technology to help curtail violation of economic sanctions. The proposal follows an announcement by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) on the 2nd of March. The DFS announced the application of crypto technology to further impose current global sanctions. This is aimed at limiting the ease of laundering fiat currency and eluding economic sanctions through financial institutions.

Paul Grewal, Chief Legal Officer at Coinbase suggested that laundering and eluding sanctions against fiat currency through financial institutions have existed over the years. “By transacting through shell companies, incorporating in known tax havens, and leveraging opaque ownership structures, bad actors continue to use fiat currency to obscure the movement of funds.”

Coinbase supports the Western Societies and government’s sanctions against Russian individuals and organizations. Regarding the sanctions against the Russia-Ukraine attacks, Paul Grewal wrote about the role of sanctions in promoting global security. He added that imposing sanctions also helps in “deterring unlawful aggression.” In Grewal’s words, Coinbase stands by the government through such decision-making.

Highlighting the need for crypto technology, Paul Grewal posits that it can defy the financial institution means because digital assets transactions are traceable, public, and permanent. These features will help authorities detect sanctions easily. Brian Armstrong, the Chief Executive of Coinbase also agrees that no one is above crypto laws. He emphasized the need for all US companies to abide by crypto-related laws.

Crypto Lawyer Jake Chervinsky also added reasons why no government can evade sanctions with cryptocurrencies. In agreement, Paul Grewal said that:

“As a result, trying to obscure large transactions using open and transparent crypto technology would be far more difficult than other established methods (e.g., using fiat, art, gold, or other assets).”

Coinbase Crypto Tech Plan

Coinbase crypto technology strategies include restricting access of flagged individuals and organizations through the signup action, intercepting threats using an advanced blockchain analytics program, and detecting evasion attempts.

Other crypto platforms have also commenced strict measures to curtail the use of cryptocurrencies based on the sanctions recommended by the United States government. One of such crypto platforms is SatoshiLabs, the first Bitcoin hardware wallet chipmaker. The  Prague-based crypto wallet provider announced plans to halt shipping hardware wallets into Russia. SatoshiLabs spokesperson Kristýna Mazánkov said that although Bitcoin (BTC) is unpolitical, the move to restrict the shipment of crypto wallets in Russia was made as “company employees have connections to the conflict that make it personal.”

Although cryptocurrencies essentially protect the privacy of individuals, Coinbase is interested in blockchain transparency. Paul Grewal said:

“We believe we can balance these interests by continuing to support law enforcement efforts while promoting policy frameworks that respect individual privacy.”

The DFS intends to speed up the acquisition of additional blockchain analytics technology to help identify Russian individuals and bodies tied to DFS-licensed virtual currency businesses.

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Ibukun Ogundare

Ibukun is a crypto/finance writer interested in passing relevant information, using non-complex words to reach all kinds of audience. Apart from writing, she likes to see movies, cook, and explore restaurants in the city of Lagos, where she resides.

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