Blockchain 

Reconciling Blockchain Technology With California Consumer Privacy Act

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA), which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, has signaled a new push in the United States to strengthen and broaden privacy regulations, similar to the trends seen in the European Union through the passage and implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The CCPA affords covered consumers new privacy rights not otherwise enjoyed here in the U.S. Under the CCPA, an entity qualifying as a “business” must provide: Abbreviated disclosures regarding the personal information that is collected from or about…

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Bitcoin 

Japanese Gov’t Agency Reports 170% Increase in Consumer Inquiries About Crypto in 2018

Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency has reported that 2018 saw a 170% uptick in the number of consumer queries about cryptocurrencies as compared with the previous year. The news was reported by Cointelegraph Japan on June 18. The Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) is an administrative agency of Japan’s Cabinet Office — the office responsible for the day-to-day affairs of the government’s executive branch (the Diet). The CAA submits its report on the consumer sector and matters of consumer protection to the Diet each year: last year’s is accessible in English, while…

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Blockchain 

Consumer Electronics Giant HTC Announces Bitcoin Full-Node on Exodus 1S Smartphone

Consumer electronics giant High Tech Computer (HTC) announced the Exodus 1S smartphone with bitcoin (BTC) full node capability in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 11. In the press release, the company claims that the value-oriented version of the smartphone will be released at the end of the third quarter of 2019. Building on the first generation of the company’s blockchain smartphone, Exodus 1, HTC claims that it will be the first smartphone to provide full node capability. The release states that the phone will contain the full…

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Blockchain 

Iota, IoT Firm Evrythng Partner to Increase Transparency for Consumer Goods Supply Chain

Iota and internet of things (IoT) firm Evrythng announced a partnership to combine and apply their distributed ledger and IoT technologies to provide greater transparency for consumer goods supply chains. The news was revealed in a press release on April 17. According to the press release, Evrythng’s focus is to implement IoT and DLT technology to create unique, interactive and trackable identities for consumer products, with the aim of fostering greater transparency for both supply chain stakeholders and consumers. The partnership will reportedly see Evrythng’s Blockchain Integration Hub expand to…

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