Bitcoin 

BitPay Undergoes Security and Confidentiality Certification Audit

Major cryptocurrency payment services provider BitPay has undergone a security and confidentiality compliance review, the Service Organization Control 2 (SOC 2). Per a Sept. 30 press release, business advisory company Aprio confirmed BitPay’s compliance with the SOC 2, a tech audit and a requirement for technology companies that assures that customers’ personal data is kept secure and confidential. Passing an SOC 2 review means that the firm has met criteria set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in regard to confidentiality, security, privacy, processing integrity and availability. Commenting…

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Bitcoin 

Sorry BitPay, New Bitcoin Upgrade Proposal Disables BIP70 by Default

Cryptocurrency payment processor BitPay may soon find it harder to do business as developers plan to remove support for the way it creates payment addresses. BitPay address support may disappear from Bitcoin In a GitHub discussion about the future 0.19.0 release of the Bitcoin Core client, developers continued plans to disable BIP70 by default, and possibly remove it altogether in a later version. The proposal first appeared in March this year, with activity to make it a reality ongoing. BitPay has stuck to using the payment address format defined in…

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Bitcoin 

Use Lightning Network to Buy Bitcoin — Avoid Coinbase, BitPay

The creators of Bitcoin (BTC) wallet Zap have revealed a new tool for instantly purchasing Bitcoin using a bank account via the Lightning Network. Lightning powers instant debit card Bitcoin buys In a blog post and associated social media posts on Sept. 19, Zap Solutions founder Jack Mallers said Olympus was specifically designed to bypass extant offerings from BitPay and Coinbase. The Lightning Network facilitates instant delivery of BTC purchases, and Know Your Customer (KYC) procedures are kept to a minimum.  “Someone who has never experienced Bitcoin before should be…

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Blockchain 

Luxembourg Regulator Red-Flags Activities of BitPay Clone Website

Luxembourg’s financial regulator, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF), has red-flagged the activities of a fraudulent clone website that is impersonating cryptocurrency payment services provider BitPay. On Sept. 18, the CSSF issued a warning about a company going by the name Bitbay Europe S.A. The website alludes to being the European branch of BitPay, stating: “The world’s smartest Bitcoin exchange service has landed in Europe.” The firm claims to be authorized to operate in Luxembourg and work under the regulator’s supervision, but the CSSF refuted this, saying: “The CSSF informs…

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Ethereum 

Cryptocurrency Payments Processor BitPay Adds Support for Ether

Major cryptocurrency payment services provider BitPay has added support for the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, Ether (ETH). Per a press release published on Sept. 16, companies that use BitPay for payment processing are now able to accept Ether for purchases without having to set up any enhancements. BitPay has also made it possible for users to store and use Ether in a BitPay wallet, and for BitPay Prepaid Visa Card holders to top up their debit cards. Ether joins Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash Launched in 2011, BitPay processes payments…

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Bitcoin 

‘Never Use BitPay’ — Hong Kong Free Press Slams Bitcoin Donation Block

Cryptocurrency payment processor BitPay faces another publicity nightmare amid claims it blocked donations to Hong Kong for several weeks. According to a complaint on social media by Tom Grundy on Sept. 11, founder of crowdfunded media outlet Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP), BitPay suddenly began failing to pass on funds from donors.  Press CEO: “Never use BitPay” HKFP has accepted Bitcoin (BTC) support since 2015. Since that time, BitPay has processed payments worth just under 15,000 HKD ($1,900). For the past three weeks, however, the company has blocked access, Grundy…

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Cryptocurrency 

Blockchain.com Partners with Payment Processor BitPay

Cryptocurrency wallet provider Blockchain.com has announced a partnership with a Bitcoin payment processor, BitPay. Through the partnership, Blockchain.com is expected to incorporate BitPay’s payment technology into its wallet service. Blockchain.com Users to Get Access to BitPay’s Network Blockchain.com is currently the world’s most popular Bitcoin wallet provider with over 30 million wallet users across 140 countries. The company, which was founded in 2011, mostly holds Bitcoin APIs in the wallets. BitPay has a global reach of more than 20,000 customers. BitPay’s collection of products enables users to send and receive…

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Blockchain 

Blockchain Wallet Adds Support for Crypto Payments Processor BitPay

Crypto wallet service Blockchain Wallet has integrated cryptocurrency payment processor BitPay. Payments conducted through Blockchain Wallet Blockchain announced the news on Aug. 23, stating that it now allows its users to copy or scan invoices, allowing them to make a Bitcoin (BTC) payment entirely through its wallet app.  The new functionality reportedly allows users to purchase products and services available via BitPay’s online network while retaining ownership of their private keys through Blockchain Wallet.  BitPay is one of the largest crypto payments processors and is offered in a multitude of…

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Bitcoin 

BitPay Blocks $100K Bitcoin Donation to Amazon Rainforest Fire Charity

Controversial cryptocurrency payments processor BitPay is facing another PR nightmare after the company rejected a $100,000 donation to an Amazon rainforest charity. BitPay leads Amazon Watch to compliance dead end According to a social media complaint by Amazon Watch, an organization which seeks to support the Amazon rainforest’s ecology and indigenous peoples, the payment failed to pass BitPay’s internal checks.  The would-be donor was trying to contribute due to the ongoing wildfires in the Amazon, the charity suggests, but could not complete the payment in Bitcoin (BTC). Officials attempted to…

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Bitcoin 

BitPay Now Requires Your Photo ID for Purchases Over $3K in Bitcoin

Cryptocurrency payment processor BitPay is introducing new identity verification measures for certain high-value payments, refunds and payouts. According to an Aug. 1 announcement from the United States-based firm, the new measures notably do not apply to person-to-person payments using the BitPay and Copay apps. Photo ID, Social Security Number BitPay is rolling out its new ID verification flow as part of a new BitPay Dashboard, which will function as a personalized home page that provides access to users’ transaction histories and various payment features.  With the launch of BitPay ID,…

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