On 5th March, it’s been reported that a patent has been filed by PayPal in order to speed up cryptocurrency transactions by eradicating the confirmation period of payments. However, it’s been claimed by many Bitcoin experts that this is already possible through the current technologies in the cryptocurrency industry.
Basically, the main purpose of PayPal patent is to improve the whole procedure of settling cryptocurrency payments between both buyers and traders on retail or e-commerce platforms. To avert each transaction from being broadcasted to the public Blockchain, users’ secondary wallets will let the unique private keys of both buyers and sellers to be transferred privately.
The PayPal patent read;
“In order to be sure that the Bitcoin transaction will ultimately result in a transfer of Bitcoins to the payee, the payee must wait until the mining process confirms the transaction before transferring goods and/or services to the payer. In many transaction situations, a 10-minute wait time will be too long for payers and/or payees, and those payers and/or payees will instead choose to perform the transaction using traditional payment methods rather than virtual currency. Issues like this have slowed the adoption of virtual currencies despite their advantages.”
What’s Peter Todd’s Response?
According to a Bitcoin developer, Peter Todd, PayPal is attempting to patent a technology that is already present in the cryptocurrency industry. In 2016, Opendime was created by a former Bitcoin marketplace “Coinkite”, and is a hardware Bitcoin wallet with multi-signature bank-grade security. It lets users transfer Bitcoin with inner private keys, allowing them to utilize Bitcoin like fiat money, such as the US dollar. However, compared to Ledger and Trezor, Opendime structurally differs from other hardware wallets as it cannot be reused. Opendime is basically a USB stick as it can only be used once and has to be destroyed to use the funds that are stored inside, which allows it to be used as cash.
PayPal’s technology encourages its users to transfer the whole wallet or private key linked with a predefined amount of a cryptocurrency and the procedure of transferring bitcoin payments through Opendime, which is just like PayPal.
The patent explains:
“The systems and methods of the present disclosure practically eliminate the amount of time the payee must wait to be sure they will receive a virtual currency payment in a virtual currency transaction by transferring to the payee private keys that are included in virtual currency wallets that are associated with predefined amounts of virtual currency that equal a payment amount identified in the virtual currency transaction.”
Is It Really Possible for PayPal’s Technology to Improve Cryptocurrency Payments?
PayPal’s technology could let the cryptocurrency payments to be processed between both buyers and traders quickly by eradicating hefty transaction fees only if it’s executed at large commercial scale.
Yeogieottae, which is a major hotel booking platform in South Korea has recently partnered with the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Bithumb, to allow cryptocurrency payments. Even in Japan, the biggest sellers have started to accept Bitcoin payments for a while.
However, on the other hand, a problem could occur while transferring private keys if the settlement occurs in a centralized manner. PayPal patent clearly explained that for carrying out the process of settling payment, it could depend on a payment service provider device as it could lead to a centralized system, managing the transfer of private keys.
Owen Williams revealed the findings of GDPR last week, which disclosed that PayPal shared complex financial information of its consumers with over 600 entities. The centralization of cryptocurrency payments and private keys could direct to susceptibilities and data selling if this technology by PayPal’s can exploit non-custodial wallets and allow both users and traders to endure in full control of their private keys during the whole process.