The European Commission (EC) approved on Thursday September 24, a digital finance package, including a retail payments plan, digital finance strategy and legislative proposals on cryptocurrency and digital resilience, for a booming European Union (EU) financial sector that gives customers access to state-of-the-art financial goods and services.
A series of tech companies including Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle are collaborating with the EU and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization (WHO) and others to develop a robust blockchain solution for COVID-19.
The upcoming US free trade talks have provided an opportunity for the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) to negotiate provisions for digital trade, which underpins the UK economy and is vital to both service and goods exporting businesses.
Several financial authorities across the globe are finding it hard to make verdicts when it comes to Bitcoin, Libra and other digital currencies: overregulate the industry and risk losing the advantage to most businesses and the economy at large, or fail to act completely and make themselves more defenseless especially to those that intensify.
Users of localbitcoins.com, a popular cryptocurrency exchange platform, in over 15 countries from different continents are crying helplessly after being denied access to withdraw their Bitcoins from their personal accounts. This event came as a result of a surprise blackmail from the EU Commission.
According to the significant technological change that has occurred in the past decade, we can now be sure that the integration of innovative tools including blockchain, distributed ledger technology (DLT), and general data protection regulation (GDPR) standards are somehow sufficient and able to ensure the security and privacy of personal data in future Internet systems.
A large sum of European funds was allocated to facilitate cryptocurrency and blockchain-related projects, and Italy and other countries on the continent will benefit from these initiatives. More than €180 million has already been invested in research and innovation initiatives in the blockchain industry. Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things are one of the sectors that have obtained the largest slice of European Union (EU) funding.
The California based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase might move all digital asset accounts belonging to European users to another reliable and accredited entity operating within the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit.