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Date:
16th Oct 2020
Author:
CryptoAltum Research Team

A Privacy Improvement Merged in Bitcoin Core

Taproot, a Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) that improves the core’s privacy and scalability, has been merged in the Bitcoin source code, GitHub data on Oct 15 reveals. The next step is to activate the proposal, a move that will demand a vote and support from the majority of miners.


Details: 

Bitcoin transactions are pseudonymous. As such, while senders and receivers don’t use their names and other identifiers, transactions can be tracked. This means authorities can decrypt the faces of the transactors. The activation of Taproot fixes this issue especially for complex transactions like those initiated by multi-sign users. Taproot is built on top of Merklized Abstract Syntax Trees (MASTs)--promising smart contracting in Bitcoin, and the Schnorr signatures--a proposal rooting for more efficient transaction signing.


Impact on the BTC Price: 

Bullish. However, there is a word of caution. Taproot isn’t a magic pill that will instantaneously make BTC transactions private. The solution makes it easier for sending complex transactions. Admittedly, even though there are improvements, more refinements in days ahead will significantly boost the privacy of BTC transactions thereby propping prices.


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