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Local Trade and Decentralized Exchange: Protecting Privacy When Moving in and Out of Bitcoin

Local Trade and Decentralized Exchange: Protecting Privacy When Moving in and Out of Bitcoin

Bitcoin right now is not really anonymous . While Bitcoin addresses aren't necessarily linked to real-world identities, they can be. Monitoring the unencrypted peer-to-peer network, analysis of the public blockchain and know your customer (KYC) policy or anti-money laundering (AML) regulation can reveal a lot about who's using Bitcoin and for what. This is not ideal from a privacy perspective. To show some examples; Bitcoin users might not want the world to know where they spend their money, what they earn or how much they own, while businesses may not want to leak transaction details to competitors. Additionally, bitcoins being traceable, possibly “tainted” and potentially worth less than other bitcoins is at odds with fungibility . This could even challenge Bitcoin's value proposition as money. One solution to increase privacy and protect fungibility is to exchange bitco...

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