Claims of Selling Bitcoin Users' Data "Are Overblown," Says Coinbase

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Key Takeaways

  • Coinbase employee says the company isn't selling user data to law enforcement agencies
  • All the data in Coinbase's analytics tool is public information that can be recreated by anyone else
  • Frequent outages and mounting privacy concerns are forcing users to seek alternatives

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Crypto exchange Coinbase is, once again, in hot water over its relationship with regulators. While the exchange is not selling personal user data, there are mounting concerns from customers and the broader community alike.

Coinbase Under Fire, Again

Coinbase is selling a blockchain tool that provides law enforcement agencies with superior analytical capabilities that other products lack, reported The Block.

The news of Coinbase selling the IRA and DEA access to this tool has not gone down well with the crypto community. But the claims of “selling user data” are overblown.

Justin Mart, a corporate development executive at Coinbase, rubbished comments of the exchange selling user data on Twitter:

“Data in our Analytics tool is fully sourced from publicly available data, and does not include any personally identifiable information.”

Upon further questioning from Kraken founder Jesse Powell, Mart stated that “any other company can arrive at the exact same product with publicly available data.”

However, this isn’t Coinbase’s first encounter with United States authorities. The exchange was forced into giving the IRS information on its customers that traded more than $20,000 in value – totaling over 14,000 of the exchange’s clients.

Either way, Coinbase’s warm relationship with government agencies has not sat well with cryptocurrency enthusiasts. Several notable influencers have spoken out against Coinbase.

This, along with hard-hitting criticism against the exchange’s acquisition of Neutrino, could push customers away from the exchange.

Lagging Trade Engine

On Jun. 1, 2020, Coinbase’s trading engine was taken offline after just a smidge of volatility in the market. This is has happened all too often in the last few months, but the exchange addressed the problem head-on this time.

Platform issues and Coinbase’ regulatory ties have resulted in the “DeleteCoinbase” hashtag making a comeback on Twitter.

Poor customer support prompted Black Swan author Nassim Taleb to close his Coinbase account, much to the delight of others.

As the premier exchange for retail and institutional investors in the United States, many users unwillingly use the exchange for their cryptocurrency needs.

With competition brewing from the likes of Binance U.S., Voyager, and LedgerX, Coinbase’s recent actions have jeopardized its dominance in the North American market.

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