Digital euro's privacy promise not worth a centralized system, Oasis exec says

Digital euro's privacy promise not worth a centralized system, Oasis exec says

A former Apple executive believes the European Central Bank might just be paying lip service to the concept of privacy in relation to a digital euro. When European Central Bank board member Fabio Panetta addressed the European Union Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs in April, he emphasized the importance of privacy in any potential future CBDC rollout. The ECB had conducted a public consultation on the possibility of a digital euro, canvassing the opinions of over 8,000 individuals and businesses. The responses that came back suggested privacy was the number one concern....

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