Privacy coins have been a quite controversial topic for long. While many users favour them as a way to preserve their privacy, cryptocurrency exchanges and regulators are against them. But do they really pose a threat?
Privacy coins have been the lasting concern of the governments and financial authorities. Their enhanced anonymity features allow to use the coins for illegal purposes such as tax evasion, money-laundering, terrorism financing, drug trading, cryptojacking, etc.
XMR developers announced the release of a new update that would help to preserve and enhance the coin’s privacy feature. According to the Monero blog, the new node software will allow for improvement of transaction size and speed, while still preserving complete anonymity.
As privacy coins such as Monero are widely used for illegal purposes, financial regulators and watchdogs seek ways to de-anonymize them. Now, the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS), is going to pay for cracking Monero (XMR).
Monero cryptocurrency offers its users enhanced anonymity features. However, this feature is favourable not only to ordinary traders but also to criminals taking advantage of the coin for illegal purposes. This makes some cryptocurrency exchanges avoid dealing with the coin.
Cryptocurrency has been attracting illegal dealers since its very inception. Due to its anonymity and security, Bitcoin was widely used as a payment method on the darknet shadow markets. However, lately criminals started paying more attention to Monero as this cryptocurrency allows for an enhanced secrecy and disguise.