Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20230508)

Bank of Canada launches public consultations on a digital dollar

The Bank of Canada (BoC) launched an online public consultation on the features that could be included in a digital Canadian dollar. The BoC is also seeking opinions about how people would likely use a digital dollar, what security features are important, and what concerns they have about accessibility and privacy. The BoC says that, at this time, a digital dollar is not needed, but Canada may need one in the future, so BoC wants to be ready. [Read more at the BoC]

Binance halts Bitcoin withdrawals twice in 12 hours

Binance halted Bitcoin withdrawals twice on May 8, 2023, citing a large backlog of pending withdrawals, as its set fees did not anticipate a surge in network gas fees. Withdrawals resumed after a few hours with pending transactions being processed with higher transaction fees. Binance is now working on enabling withdrawals via the Lightning Network which it claimed could help mitigate such withdrawal halts in the future. [Read more at CoinTelegraph]

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