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A guide to blockchain and data protection

Is blockchain incompatible with data protection laws? Our updated guide addresses key data protection questions arising in blockchain projects, such as whether blockchain processes personal data or who is the data controller and the data processor in a blockchain context

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US CFTC issues primer on smart contracts

The primer defines smart contracts, and covers their history, characteristics, potential applications, case studies, the role of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as well as risks, challenges and governance issues

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UK begins research on law reform for use of smart contracts

The Law Commission has released its annual report, in which it announces that it is starting a scoping study to review the current English legal framework as it applies to smart contracts

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US Treasury: five quick tips on blockchain

The US Bureau of the Fiscal Service shares the lessons learnt from a proof of concept, which helped it understand what blockchain technology can and cannot do

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Blockchain smart contracts need a new kind of due diligence

Smart contracts are no ordinary software and blend law and computer science. As such, the due diligence on them also needs to do the same. What does this involve?

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US proposes task force to tackle cryptocurrency use in terrorism

A new bill has been introduced to the US congress. If enacted, it would establish a new team to research the illicit use of digital currencies and develop legal proposals to fight these activities

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Indonesia says cryptocurrencies are not "legitimate"

Bank Indonesia has said that virtual currencies cannot be used for payments and warned  "parties not to sell, buy, or trade" them

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Ukraine to launch cryptocurrency oversight group

The group will be tasked with developing proposals for regulating cryptocurrencies, among other things

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