Why you can leave your data when exchanging cryptocurrencies. Three opinions
Risks associated with transmitting sensitive data exist in any online environment. Proven cryptocurrency platforms and exchanges apply a range of security measures to protect user data, as their reputation depends on it. In its relatively short existence, the cryptocurrency industry has already experienced a lot of negative moments, and for many, the fear of falling victim to cybercriminals or fraudsters is too great to ignore.
As with any other financial service, giving personal information to a cryptocurrency exchange becomes a necessary step to gain access to the platform and its features. Any traditional financial institution also requires personal data, and centrally managed cryptocurrency services are no exception. As the industry becomes more regulated, cryptocurrency services are also responsible for keeping their users' personal information private, further emphasizing the importance of reputation and trust in the industry.
Cryptocurrency users do prefer to share personal information with services as little as possible. This is related both to security issues (hacker attacks, data transfer to third parties) and in general to the desire for privacy to avoid questions about income and the origin of funds. The issue of privacy is one of the ideological aspects of cryptocurrency, and many users advocate its enforcement, argues the crypto-expert and author of the GFiS Channel telegram
"The associated risks are typical for large services, which in order to preserve the business can hand over data to the authorities or specialized bodies at their request. In some cases, companies may even refuse a legitimate request to delete a user's personal data if it conflicts with anti-money laundering (AML) regulations," the expert specifies.
"Nevertheless, those services that are set up to continue and grow their business do not benefit from deliberately deceiving users. It will inevitably lead to reputational losses and can affect growth.
If someone begins to "play by the rules" this immediately becomes known and they stop working with such services, agrees the head of InDefi Bank. The field of finance is "extremely sensitive to reputation," which is earned over the years, and can disappear in an instant.
"It is no accident that an exchanger can be removed from the aggregator just because of one legitimate customer complaint, depriving it of traffic and the flow of users. To get on the conditional blacklist is very easy, and to get out of it is virtually unrealistic, for this is not enough to close all the pain points, you still need to rebuild trust, working honestly for a long time".
Of course, no service is aimed at spoiling relations with clients, adds the head of BitOK. Sometimes personal data is just a formality, such as regulatory requirements. Companies in general are obliged to follow the rules for storing and handling such information, as the penalties for violations are quite impressive. Any personal data can be leaked, either externally or internally, and there are plenty of such cases, and in this sense, the crypto business is not too different from the traditional one. "If an attacker's goal is to get hold of your funds, he doesn't care where to look for the vulnerability."
"I don't see a problem with sharing your data with anyone at all. It is not difficult for criminals to get them in any case, but I don't remember cases of hacking cryptocurrency exchanges by uploading copies of clients' passports. We should be more afraid of password leaks because people mostly use the same character sets and code words for different services".
According to his observations, large crypto services are about as secure as the banking infrastructure, and "maybe even more so when it comes to the storage of funds." The cost of an error is "much higher and more irretrievable". If you analyze leaks of Russian services, it turns out that their main source is not the banks, but third-party contractors or, for example, delivery services. No one, according to the expert, will spend time and effort on hacking customer databases - attackers are "interested in stealing cryptocurrency, not passports".
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