Category: European Union

Dutch Central Bank Wants to Be European Union’s CBDC Proving Ground

The Dutch Central Bank (DNB) thinks the eurosystem’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) should be more programmable than bitcoin.  Saying on Tuesday that cryptocurrencies offer some technological lessons for the banks they seek to displace, DNB wrote that smart...

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European Contact Tracing Consortium Faces Wave of Defections

European researchers are raising alarms over the direction of contact tracing in the European Union (EU) amid concerns countries such as France and Germany could choose a centralized system that puts personal privacy at risk.  The group of academics,...

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Decentralized Protocol Removed From EU Contact Tracing Website Without Notice

The Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing (PEPP-PT) consortium, which is charged with helping develop the protocols for a privacy-focused European Union contact tracing system, has removed any mention of the decentralized protocol proposal Decentralized Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing (DP3T) from its...

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European Commission Defense Program Offers Grants for Blockchain Solutions

The European Commission is calling for future-oriented defense solutions including innovative blockchain concepts. A European Defense Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) tender, issued March 24, includes a 42-strong itemized list calling for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) to offer solutions that drive...

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French Financial Regulator Suggests Europewide Security Token Sandbox

France’s Financial Markets Authority (AMF) has proposed that all of Europe adopt a regulatory “sandbox” to support the emerging security token industry. The “Digital Lab” would run for three years, the watchdog said in a March 6 legal analysis,...

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