Mastercard to File New Blockchain Patent

Bank card giant eyes blockchain for fake identities fight
16 April 2018   657

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.

Monex to Open Exchange Under Coincheck Brand in USA

"New old" cryptocurrency trading platform will be focused on institutional investors; opening is planed in 2019
13 December 2018   16

Japanese online broker Monex Group Inc. announced the launch of a cryptocurrency trading platform focused on institutional investors. The new platform should start work in 2019 under the brand of Coincheck, Finance Magnates reports.

A license to provide services in all US states Monex hopes to get within a year. As the president of Monex TradeStation, John Bartleman, said, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Ethereum and, possibly, XRP will be available on the platform.

In April, Monex acquired Coincheck, the victim of a hack, for $ 33.6 million. After the purchase, Monex representatives said that the cryptocurrency business plays a key role in the company's further development. The fact that Monex intends to expand its business to the US market became known in May.

It is noteworthy that earlier this month, Monex Group Inc. became one of the investors of the American stock exchange cryptocurrency derivatives ErisX. According to John Bartleman, ErisX will also serve institutional investors in the United States after regulatory approval