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DeFi Executives Discuss KYC Measures to Tackle Money Laundering

Key Takeaways
  • Money laundering remains a significant issue in traditional finance, and the DeFi industry is also facing this challenge
  • The panel at the WOW Summit in Hong Kong discussed the need for KYC measures, smart contract auditing, and blockchain security to combat AML issues in DeFi
  • The industry needs a multi-pronged approach and proactive regulation to ensure compliance, ethics, innovation, and growth
30-Mar-2023 By: Simran Mishra
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Executives in the DeFi industry are currently engaged in discussions regarding the implementation of KYC measures to combat the issue of money laundering.

Money laundering remains a significant issue in traditional finance, despite the implementation of strict KYC measures. This highlights the need for more effective measures to combat illegal activities, such as the DeFi industry's innovative solutions. 

During a panel session at the recent World of Web3 (WOW) Summit in Hong Kong, DeFi executives discussed the biggest challenge facing decentralized finance - hackers laundering millions of stolen funds into "clean money."

Dyma Budorin, CEO of Hacken, described the prevalence of tools available to hackers to "launder the money" stolen from DeFi platforms as the "biggest issue" in the industry. He believes that KYC measures are necessary to tackle Anti-Money Laundering (AML) issues, as they promote transparency and accountability.

However, Victor Yim, the head of the fintech at Cyberport, Hong Kong's incubator for entrepreneurship, suggested that KYC measures alone would not solve all AML problems. He argued that other measures, such as smart contract auditing and blockchain security, are also necessary to combat AML issues in DeFi.

The panel discussion highlighted the importance of implementing KYC measures in DeFi to combat AML issues. Although KYC is not a complete solution, it is a necessary step towards greater transparency and accountability in the industry.

Yim provided an example of the "anonymous traceable" concept, which balances anonymity and compliance. This approach allows individuals to remain anonymous unless law enforcement requires their identification, thereby safeguarding law-abiding citizens while still enabling the capture of criminals.

Meanwhile, Alexander Scheer, the visionary behind zkMe, emphasized the need for different mechanisms for different solutions. For instance, crypto mixers require a distinct approach from DeFi front-ends and on- and off-ramps.

Scheer also stressed the need for proactive regulation within the DeFi industry. Rather than waiting for regulators to impose rules, he urged industry leaders to take the initiative and "front run" regulations. By doing so, they can ensure that the industry operates in a compliant and ethical manner while fostering innovation and growth.

In conclusion, the DeFi industry is working to address the issue of money laundering through innovative solutions such as KYC measures, smart contract auditing, and blockchain security. However, the panellists agreed that a multi-pronged approach is necessary to combat AML issues effectively. This requires a collective effort from regulators, policymakers, bureaus, and other players to ensure successful execution. 

Also, read - SEC Chair Gensler Calls for Increased Funding to Combat Cryptocurrency Fraud

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