Zcash (ZEC), one of the first privacy-focused cryptocurrencies, gained in Asian trading as the Zcash protocol’s shift toward proof-of-stake and compliance directives won more support from market participants.

  • ZEC cleared the $100 mark, rising as much as 6% over 24 hours and 12% so far this week, according to CoinGecko.
  • The Zcash protocol is one of the original privacy tokens, launching in October 2016 as a fork of Bitcoin.
  • In November, Electric Coin Company, the team behind the project, announced it was transitioning Zcash to proof-of-stake by 2023 and planned to release an official wallet.
  • The market also reacted favorably to ZCash’s compliance plan. The team said the protocol is fully compatible with global anti-money laundering and counter-terror financing standards as well as Financial Action Task Force recommendations like the "travel rule," which requires keeping customer data with any transaction. In a blog post, the team said the majority of transactions occur on FinCEN-registered exchanges in the United States. FinCEN is a unit of the Treasury Department.
  • Privacy protocols and mixers have been in the news recently; for instance, over $30 million in digital assets was stolen from Crypto.com and mixed through Tornado Cash.
  • In an interview with CoinDesk, Tornado Cash’s co-founder Roman Semenov said that law enforcement tends to focus on obtaining IP addresses from infrastructure providers because these can be tied back to a name via subpoenas instead of privacy tokens.
  • The RAND Corporation noted in a 2020 report that there is no evidence of widespread illicit use of ZEC, as crooks prefer to use bitcoin.

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