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Chainlaysis takes privacy away from privacy coins, allows blacklisting encrypted tokens

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Blockchain forensics company Chainalysis has now added support for privacy coins Zcash and Dash.

The firm revealed in a blog post that it will start monitoring privacy cryptocurrencies such as Dash and Zcash. This means that exchanges will now be able to track transactions done through assets that are designed to facilitate private transactions.

Privacy coins no longer private

The new addition on Chainalysis will enable crypto exchange platforms to reject maximum privacy transactions.

Although both cryptocurrencies are considered privacy coins, Dash has tried to separate itself from the title. On the other hand, Zcash continues to advertise itself as a privacy token.

Privacy mechanism

Zcash offers users four different levels of private transactions through its “shielding” encryption. The transactions can be conducted with four different levels of shielding starting from completely public transactions to completely shielded transactions. The other two options allow users to shield either of the transacting address.

Default transactions are conducted as public and offer the same level of privacy as the Bitcoin network.

Chainalysis revealed that 86 percent of all transactions conducted on the Zcash network are public. The firm also stated that less than one percent (0.9%) of all transactions completely shield the sender, recipient, and the transaction value.

This figure means that Chainalysis can reveal at least one address of more than 99 percent of all Zcash transactions. However, this also means that since the full shielding feature was rarely used, Chainalysis’s integration would make little difference to Zcash users.

Private transactions and regulatory compliance don’t go well together. Last year the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) asked crypto exchange platforms to share their data. At the time Zcash, Dash, and Monero all assured that they would comply and while Zcash and Dash were eager to comply, Monero took a different route.

Bilal Ahmed

Bilal Ahmed

Bilal Ahmed is a blockchain enthusiast and an avid reader who loves writing about ramifications of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. He believes in doing due diligence with facts before transmitting.

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