The CFPB has issued a useful consumer advisory on virtual currencies. The advisory notes Bitcoin transactions may not be anonymous and “Information about each and every Bitcoin transaction is publicly shared and stored forever. Persistent, motivated people will likely be able to link your transactions to, among other things, your other transactions and public keys, as well as to your computer’s IP address. So it is possible that others will be able to estimate both how much Bitcoin you own and where you are.” At the end the CFPB advises it has also begun collecting complaints on virtual currency companies.
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