Charles Hoskinson, the co-founder of Ethereum and CEO of IOHK, recently spoke about privacy and ZCash, in an interview with CoinDesk. Notably, the remarks made by Hoskinson grabbed the attention of Riccardo Spagni aka fluffypony, the lead maintainer of Monero [XMR]. However, this eventually resulted in a Twitter rebuttal between the two well-known crypto-influencers.
On Charles Hoskinson’s statements, Riccardo Spagni had stated on Twitter,
“Thanks, @IOHK_Charles, for reminding us why ZCash is a project that nobody should ever, ever trust with their privacy. Can’t wait for China to add an “auditable backdoor” to ZCash & encourage adoption. Best way to deal with dissidents.”
During the interview, Charles remarked that privacy was a “human right”, adding that “you have to approach it in a more nuanced way, is it completely transparent or is it completely private”. He stated,
“You need to talk about auditable backdoors, you need to talk about the ability to share and breach the privacy of people that you desire. And ZCash is being a part of that conversation.”
This was followed by Hoskinson pointing out the paper published by ZCash last December, ZEXE, adding that team was working with “some great academics” and were also “providing a lot of innovation to the space”. The co-founder also remarked that ZCash was “fundamentally a sound project”.
Further, during a recent YouTube session called ‘Consensus Wrap Up and Some Housecleaning’, Hoskinson spoke about the statement made by Spagni, where he ‘mistakenly’ addressed fluffypony as “the Founder of Monero”. Hoskinson stated that some members of the Monero community misinterpreted his statements on auditable backdoors stating that “both Cardano and ZCash” were going to have “backdoors in the system” that would be given to a “government entity”.