Braden Perry Featured Among Experts on Facebook Libra Vs Privacy on Fintech Zoom Article

Braden Perry Featured Among Experts on Facebook Libra Vs Privacy on Fintech Zoom Article

Perry, among other digital currency experts, was highlighted in a Fintech Zoom article discussing Facebook’s plan to operate its own digital currency.  There are concerns about ensuring the privacy of their data, for Facebook does not have a positive track record securing users’ information.

Braden Perry – Cybersecurity Attorney, said:


The major takeaway is that this is an ambitious project that looks to upend traditional payment processors like Paypal and Venmo. This would be a stablecoin on the Libra Blockchain, which is a public ledger designed to accommodate extremely quick transactions. The goal is to eliminate transaction fees and create a universal payment system capable of quickly transacting payments around the world. These transactions would be pseudonymous, meaning they are available to view on a public ledger, but without PII, including names, etc. The way it’s designed to work would be to have a user purchase Libra, use it in transactions, then cash out whenever they want through either a wallet that is compatible with Libra or Facebook’s Calibra wallet, that will be built into the Facebook and related apps. Officially, Facebook won’t control Libra, but it will be a major player on the Libra blockchain. From a privacy perspective, it’s difficult not to be skeptical. According to the Facebook/Libra whitepaper, By default, Facebook won’t import contacts or any of profile information but will request you do so. It also states that it won’t share any transaction data back to Facebook, so it won’t be used to target you with ads, rank your News Feed, or otherwise earn Facebook money directly. The whitepaper states that data will only be shared in specific instances in anonymized ways for research or adoption measurement, for hunting down fraudsters or due to a request from law enforcement.

Congress has already called for testimony from execs in charge of the project. Citing Facebook’s recent privacy issues, House Committee Financial Chair Maxine Waters promised aggressive oversight into privacy and national security concerns, cybersecurity risks, and trading risks that are posed by cryptocurrencies.

In summary, Libra and other Blockchain technology have vast potential. Companies looking to innovate and are proactive in its uses will likely reap benefits in ways we can imagine and in likely unimagined areas. As the regulatory framework progresses with innovation, companies will benefit. But that regulatory framework will likely lag the innovation, and frustrate those willing to adopt new technology.

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