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Author Topic: [2015-01-26] How Anonymous is Bitcoin? A Backgrounder for Policymakers  (Read 430 times)
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January 26, 2015, 02:44:02 AM

Cash or barter are the most intrinsically private and anonymous means of transacting.

In the opposite corner are transactions which are neither anonymous nor private. This includes, say, campaign contributions over a certain amount. We may also include in this quadrant credit card transactions: although not public knowledge like a campaign contribution, your identity is nevertheless connected to every purchase you make, and this information is available to the merchant, credit card network, issuing bank, and — if subpoenaed — law enforcement.

Certain financial transactions are private but not anonymous; for example, the donor wall at the local art museum, which identifies the names of donors but not the amounts donated.
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