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GDPR法案为区块链创企带来更多监管困扰

许多人担心,刚刚出台的《通用数据保护条例》(后文简称GDPR)法律可能会给不少创企带来麻烦。

而就在本周,一个看起来前景不错的区块链服务商Parity ICO Passport Service (PICOPS)决定停止运营,而原因恰好就是刚刚生效的GDPR。

Parity Technologies于去年10月推出该项KYC服务。ICO项目方可以借助这项服务对已经通过身份检查的以太坊钱包所有者进行验证。

这些服务对于从事ICO业务的公司特别有用,因为他们需要确保其投资者不会居住在限制参与加密货币产品的国家(例如中国和美国)。

GDPR法律于2018年5月25日生效,为有关机构和企业罗列了多项需要遵守的条例。市场猜测,该项法规生效后预计会有33%到50%左右的企业会选择遵守相关法律。

不过,并不是所有人都认可GDPR的作用。

Dogecoin创始人杰克逊·帕尔默就曾表示:“虽然我非常尊重数据隐私和安全法律运动,但是GDPR合规是一个巨大且不切实际的负担,小型项目根本无法承担。”

帕尔默的担忧也得到了其他一些机构的认可,有些合法的项目也可能因此受到连累。

GDPR法律虽然在确保数据保护和隐私方面迈出了重要的一步,但它也的确给区块链等行业带来了严峻挑战。未来,这些行业可能还要面临更多的监管不确定性的因素困扰。

Many feared that the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law might spell trouble for fledgling businesses – and it seems they weren’t far off. A promising blockchain service was forced to discontinue its operation to avoid troubles with the new bill.

The Parity ICO Passport Service (PICOPS) has announced it will close doors later this month on May 24 as a result of the restrictive nature of GDPR.

The service — launched by Parity Technologies last October — provides KYC services for initial coin offerings (ICOs), by validating the owners of Ethereum wallets who have successfully passed ID background checks.

“This is very sad,” Ethereum’s co-founder, Vitalik Buterin, expressed his disappointment over the development on Twitter. “A potentially very useful service in the Ethereum ecosystem discontinued due to GDPR issues.”

Such services are particularly useful for companies doing ICOs because they need to ensure their investors do not reside in countries which restrict participating in cryptocurrency offerings – like China and the US.

As per Parity, GDPR  creates ‘new and untested challenges’ when storing personal information on the blockchain, forcing them to take the extreme decision.

The GDPR laws — which come into effect on May 25, 2018 — come with a long checklist for businesses to adhere to. There’re some wild estimates that exist on how many businesses will actually comply with the laws by the time it comes into effect — ranging from 33 to 50 percent.

Jackson Palmer, the creator of Dogecoin, also criticized GDPR laws, “While I greatly respect the movement towards better data privacy and security laws, GDPR compliance is a large and unrealistic burden that small side-projects are simply under-equipped to manage (especially if being maintained by a single developer in their spare time).”

Palmer’s concerns are likely shared by others who run smaller businesses — GDPR laws are also forcing some online games to shut down due to the cost involved in compliance.

Despite his criticism, Palmer conceded that GDPR will likely also have a positive impact on some privacy and security aspects.

GDPR laws, although a great step in ensuring data protection and privacy — bring with them severe challenges for industries such as blockchain, which already suffer from regulatory uncertainty.


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