ZCash and Monero

Monero and ZCash are two of the most well-known cryptocurrencies supporting strong features for private transactions. Some interesting posts on ZCash and Monero recently:

Better Faster Zksnarks

Monero: Private and Difficult to Use

Before reading the posts above, I did not realize that neither Monero nor ZCash had mobile or hardware wallet support. (Monero does seem to have a workaround through a mobile wallet that can be used on Chrome.) Obviously, that will hamper their adoption in the long term. On Monero’s end, the reason for this is unclear. On ZCash’s end, it seems that the heavy math involved in using Zksnarks for private transactions was preventing mobile and hardware wallet support. Hopefully the development discussed in the first post will make it more likely to emerge in the near future.

Author: Michael O'Connor

Michael O'Connor is an attorney in Quinn Emanuel's Washington, DC office. Prior to joining the firm, Michael clerked for the Hon. D. Brooks Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and worked for several years at another major international law firm. He has dual degrees in Computer Science and Biology from Penn State University. Michael's practice includes intellectual property litigation, antitrust litigation, and data security and privacy. Michael advises clients on legal planning for data breaches, their obligations for safe handling of personally identifiable information, and the legal implications from emerging technologies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the blockchain. He has applied his technical training to patent cases involving semiconductor design, systems programming, and mobile device architecture. He has worked on multiple cases at the intersection of patent and antitrust law. Michael represents clients in cases before federal courts throughout the country, as well as before the International Trade Commission.