China’s central bank digital currency [CBDC], the digital yuan has been making headlines for quite a while now. The country’s plunge towards digitalization inspired an array of other countries to start developing their own digital asset. While China is well ahead in the game, all the other countries were trying to catch up.
Despite, the emergence of the digital yuan, rumors pertaining to the Chinese government controlling their citizens finances began surfacing. While privacy was a great concern of many citizens, with regard to the digital yuan, an official of the Chinese central bank affirmed that a certain magnitude of privacy would be given to those using the country’s CBDC.
Digital Yuan To Entail “Controllable Anonymity”
In a recent report by a local Chinese news portal, it was revealed that the People’s Bank of China [PBoC] intended to uphold privacy with the launch of the digital yuan. Speaking about the same at the 2021 China Development Forum, the head of the digital currency research institute of the People’s Bank of China, Mu Changchun, addressed the potentials of the country’s CBDC.
While suggesting that a entirely anonymous CBDC was out of the picture, Mu pointed out that it wouldn’t be very feasible. Since the Chinese currency would soon be used throughout the country as a national currency,it needs to come under certain anti-money laundering, anti-tax evasion as well as counter-terrorist financing procedures. However, privacy would still find its place, Mu announced.
Limited anonymity would be available, revealed the official. The PBoC will reportedly permit anonymous digital yuan transactions, however, in dainty amounts. He added,
“The digital renminbi adopts a design of small amounts anonymous, keeping large amounts traceable. In short, the protection of user privacy by digital renminbi is the highest among the current payment tools.”
Additionally, the digital yuan is already out and about for testing. The PBoC has been testing the Chinese CBDC on various platforms across the globe.