The Coinbase crypto exchange researches blockchain-based identity management. According to Coindesk, a team of 17 is working on the development of a decentralized app (dApp) that will give Coinbase customers more control over personal data. However, the implementation is still lacking.
An all too well-known battle cry of the Blockchain enthusiasts is “Be in possession of your own data”.
Identity management is and remains the news spy case for blockchain technology
Personal data is no longer stored as usual on central company servers, but remains on a blockchain and is thus effectively under the news spy own control. The advantage: On the one hand, the companies cannot make a mess of the news spy data and on the other hand, data theft or loss is largely excluded. In short: The single point of failure is eliminated.
Now Coinbase is also researching such a blockchain solution. As Coinbase manager and head of the 17-member task force, B Byrne, told Coindesk, the team first wants to identify in which areas more decentralization is desired.
The Bitcoin exchange recently asked a small number of its customers about the dApps they were using.
“I look at dApps and which of our customers uses which dApps. That’s probably a good indicator of what kind of activities [our customers] want to do on an on-chain basis, Byrne told Coindesk.
KYC in a different way
A possible application case for more decentralization in Coinbase IT is the storage of KYC data (“Know Your Customer”). This could considerably simplify the registration processes for the various Coinbase products and grant more customers access to the Exchange.
At the same time, however, the US crypto exchange is realistic. The decentralized identity management via blockchain is not an egg-laying wool milk sow. Although there are interesting areas in which an application seems to make sense, the company does not want to invest large sums in development, according to the report.
Byrne says that, in all honesty, a complete decentralization of customer data is hardly compatible with the regulatory requirements of the tax authorities.
So it remains with the focus team and the credo: Somewhere there is already a meaningful application case for the blockchain technology.