Major news & events in 23' privacy #2023privacyproof

This is the second of a series of articles covering the results of the #2023privacyproof poll: final longlist announcement before publishing shortlist. Explore the “Projects” category selection.

The selection of the Major news & events was made by 100+ privacy enthusiasts, developers, researchers, cryptographers, cypherpunks, and community builders from the DarkFi, Nym, Swarm, Logos, HOPR, Railgun_, Circles UBI, Rotki, Puzzle, Espresso Systems & many other organisations.

Major news & events
  • Meta / Facebook products rolling out e2ee for their apps

  • the European Union Artificial Intelligence Act

  • CoinCenter lawsuit challenging Tornado Cash ruling is dismissed

  • The proposal of the Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act in Congress by Elizabeth Warren
  • EU's MiCa rules for un-hosted wallets

  • UK's FATF Crypto Travel Rule

  • Changes on X / Twitter

  • Record-level health data leak from NZ

  • Do-Not-Track is back on track!

  • The introduction of new compliance regulations for cryptocurrency mixers

  • Alex Perchev's release via Bail in April 2023 and his trial

  • Tornado Cash contract put on OFAC
  • Advances in Financial Technologies 2023 @ Princeton University

  • Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands data breach

  • a) Ashton Kutcher lobbying the EU to roll out mass surveillance via client-side scanning, supposedly to “protect the children”, but definitely to sell his product. I kid you not. This is one of the first big examples of how cryptographic advancements like FHE unfortunately will enable a dangerous form of “privacy washing” in policy and public debates.

    b) The hard work of EDRi to counter this and prevent the worst of the bill from going through.

  • European Parliament rejects 'Chat control' proposal

Proton take on "Chat control":
Proton take on "Chat control":
Alexey Pertsev @ ETHDam:
Alexey Pertsev @ ETHDam:


51% of the news - regulator-related. Tornado Cash case, Privacy coins delisting & anti end-to-end encryption cases bother majority of the privacy enthusiasts.

19 of the 51 news are “positive”, while “32” (or 62.7%) have negative connotations - a clear signal from the pro-privacy community.


The majority of the contributions are public & can be found on Twitter: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 etc.

  • Read the “Projects” category final longlist here

  • And the next article featuring “Exciting innovation” (longlist) will be published tomorrow.

Follow #2023privacyproof updates: Twitter/X, GitHub, Matrix

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