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Are the US Sanctions on Tornado the Beginning of a War on Privacy?

The U.S. Treasury Department’s OFAC has added Tornado Cash and all associated addresses to the sanctions list.

August 8, 2022
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In breaking news, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced on Monday that it was adding Tornado Cash and associated addresses to its sanctions list. It is seemingly the first time that an entire technology protocol, rather than just an individual or group of individuals, has been added to the list. NLW explores the discussion in the crypto community as well as the legal and technological implications.

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