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Ex-SEC Official Warns: CBDCs Pose Major Privacy Concerns

Former SEC Official Slams CBDCs as Absurd and Raises Privacy Concerns, Backing Ted Cruz’s Ban Proposal.

In a scathing critique of the proposed central bank digital currency (CBDC), ex-chief of the SEC Office of Internet Enforcement, John Reed Stark, has labeled it as possibly the most ludicrous financial idea in the annals of monetary policy. Stark argues that the CBDC fails to address any real issues since government-regulated trusted digital currencies and US-registered financial institutions already exist.

Rather than solving problems, Stark contends that a digital dollar would create a host of policy quandaries. He points out that the risks associated with a CBDC are numerous, raising crucial questions about its impact on market structure, credit availability and cost, financial system safety and stability, as well as the efficacy of monetary policy.

Moreover, Stark asserts that the introduction of a CBDC would unleash a Pandora’s box of privacy and security concerns. He likens it to opening floodgates, exposing global financial privacy problems, conflicts, and cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

Considering the costs and challenges entailed, Stark firmly believes that the implementation of a CBDC is simply not worthwhile. He lends his support to proposed legislation aiming to prevent the Federal Reserve from developing a direct-to-consumer CBDC. Senator Ted Cruz, the proponent of this bill, argues that the digital dollar could potentially be exploited as a government tool for financial surveillance.

Stark asserts, ‘It’s akin to constructing a bridge to nowhere in the heart of a desert under the guise of modernization, only to declare it a triumphant solution for society. Whatever his reasons, Senator Ted Cruz hits the mark with his prohibitive CBDC legislation—it’s a misguided notion that must be halted without delay.'”

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as financial or investment advice. Cryptocurrency investments are subject to market risks, and individuals should seek professional advice before making any investment decisions.

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