Mastercard to File New Blockchain Patent

Bank card giant eyes blockchain for fake identities fight
16 April 2018   713

According to a recently published patent application, the payment giant Mastercard is considering the possibility of using a blockchain to protect identity information. This isr eported by Coindesk.

A statement published by the US Patent and Trademark Office describes a system in which a semi-private or private blockchain is used to obtain and store identification information, including "names, addresses, taxpayers' numbers," etc.

In its application, the company writes  that the tech could help it block the use of fake identity data within its systems.

The use of a blockchain for the storage of identity and credential data may provide for an immutable storage of such data that can provide an accurate verification thereof and also prevent the fabrication of such data.
 

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The application explains that the system will generate a "data file" for each unit with which the public key and "geographical jurisdiction" will be associated. These units will be "controlled", while the "master" unit will digitally sign on their data files. A "hashing module of the processing server" would subsequently generate an "identity value" for each entity and create a block with a timestamp and a record of the most recent block added to the blockchain.

Mastercard blockchain will not be public, which means that only authorized nodes will be able to transfer data in it. They will "prevent the addition of data that may compromise the accuracy of the data stored therein", the application said.

In other words, only the approved nodes of the Mastercard will be able to update the identification information with the system. The company notes that the proposed system can replace existing systems in which information can be fabricated or contain inaccuracies.

In such instances, it may be difficult for an entity to disprove a false identity, leading to an interaction with an inauthentic individual or entity. Thus, there is a need for a technical solution to provide for the immutable storage of identity and credential data that may prevent fabrication and inaccuracies.
 

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To date, Mastercard has filed several patent applications, which mention the blockchain. In one of them, the possibility of creating a service for reimbursement of funds spent for the purchase of crypto-currency by users of funds is being considered, in the other - a database on a blockchain that is capable of instantly processing payments.

Santander to Deny XRP Token Usage Info

It turned out that bank uses xCurrent in One Pay FX instead of XRP token for international payments, as it stated earlier
25 March 2019   71

Santander, a large Spanish bank, in its Twitter spread incorrect information about cooperation with Ripple.

And although the majority of cryptocurrency holders reacted positively to the statement of Santander, some of them drew attention to the fact that this news had no effect on the growth of XRP trading volume.

It soon became clear that the bank provided incorrect information.

xCurrent allows Ripple customers to make payments using Fiat as well as digital currencies. A similar product, the operations in which are carried out using XRP cryptocurrency, is called xRapid.

Despite the official apology, some commentators suspected the bank of manipulating the market.