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Hypersign Supports CFTC's Push for KYC in DeFi

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In the ever-evolving landscape of decentralized finance (DeFi), the recent focus by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on enhancing digital identity and implementing Know Your Customer (KYC) has garnered significant attention. The CFTC's push for regulatory measures in DeFi, aimed at addressing issues like money laundering, terrorism financing, and fraud, resonates strongly with Hypersign's ethos and technology offerings.

CFTC's Stance on DeFi and Identity Verification

The CFTC's report emphasizes the importance of digital identity in the DeFi sector, highlighting concerns regarding the pseudonymous nature of transactions and the potential for illicit activities. By advocating for robust digital identity and KYC measures, the CFTC aims to create a more secure and accountable DeFi ecosystem.

Hypersign's Alignment with CFTC's Vision

At Hypersign, we recognize the importance of secure digital identity verification in DeFi and wholeheartedly support the CFTC's initiatives. Our technology, rooted in the principles of Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI), provides a scalable, interoperable, and secure verifiable data registry (VDR) that aligns perfectly with the CFTC's vision for a regulated DeFi space.

Hypersign Securing the Decentralized Economy

Hypersign's innovative on-chain KYC system represents a paradigm shift in how digital identities are verified within the decentralized finance (DeFi) space. At the outset, KYC creation begins with establishing a user's KYC on the Hypersign ID chain while preserving user privacy. This process is rooted in the principles of Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI), where individuals are empowered to create and control their identity credentials. These credentials are then encapsulated in cryptographic constructs, forming the basis for Zero-Knowledge Proofs (ZKPs). These ZKPs enable users to prove their identity without revealing any underlying personal data, ensuring privacy and security from the very first step. This foundational phase sets the stage for a robust, privacy-preserving, and secure on-chain KYC process aligned with the evolving needs of the DeFi ecosystem.
The recent launch of the MVP for on-chain KYC by Hypersign, in collaboration with Chainlink, marks a significant advancement in the realm of decentralized identity and KYC compliance in the DeFi sector. This integration makes on-chain KYC possible and efficient and secure, addressing critical challenges in the DeFi ecosystem.Here's how this technology enhances DeFi:

Cross-Chain Zero-Knowledge Proof KYC (ZK-KYC)

The cornerstone of this initiative is the cross-chain ZK-KYC verification system. This system allows for the verification of a user's identity across different blockchain networks, a scenario that's increasingly common in DeFi applications. For example, a user with credentials on the Cosmos chain can verify their identity on an Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) chain. The challenge of efficiently confirming the validity of the user's Zero-Knowledge Proof (ZKP) is effectively addressed by this system.

Chainlink Functions and Hypersign DID Integration

The solution employs Chainlink Functions to bridge gaps between blockchain networks. This allows any EVM chain to verify issuer attestations on the Cosmos chain, ensuring that the user's credentials are valid and authorized. The process includes submitting Verifiable Presentations (VPs) by users, which are then validated through a combination of Chainlink Functions and the Hypersign DID network.

Smart Contract Functionality

The technical implementation involves the FunctionsConsumerExample Solidity contract, which interacts with Chainlink Functions. This contract calls the Hypersign ID Network to confirm the legitimacy of submitted ZKPs. Additionally, the Groth16Verifier contract, based on the Groth16 zero-knowledge proof system, is pivotal in validating proofs on the EVM chain.

Streamlined Verification Process

The user submits their ZKP to the Business Smart Contract on the EVM chain as a Verifiable Presentation (VP). The Business Contract then utilizes Chainlink Functions to verify the Issuer's attestation from the Hypersign Chain. Following this, the Business Contract checks the authenticity of the ZKP by interacting with the Verifier Smart Contract on the EVM Chain.
By leveraging ZKPs, Hypersign ensures that user privacy is maintained during the KYC process. The user's identity is verified without revealing underlying personal data, aligning with privacy regulations and user preferences.
The collaboration between Hypersign and Chainlink introduces a new level of interoperability in DeFi. It allows diverse blockchain networks to seamlessly interact and verify user identities, thereby enhancing the scalability of DeFi applications. Read all the details about on-chain KYC here.
The CFTC's push for regulation and KYC in DeFi is a crucial step towards a more secure and trustworthy financial ecosystem. Hypersign's innovative solutions are well-aligned with this vision, offering the tools and technology necessary to implement these regulatory measures effectively. By supporting these initiatives, we aim to contribute to a safer, more transparent, and more reliable DeFi environment where innovation thrives in tandem with security and compliance.

About Hypersign

Hypersign is an innovative, permissionless blockchain network that manages digital identity and access rights. Rooted in the principles of Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI), Hypersign empowers individuals to take control of their data and access on the internet. It provides a scalable, interoperable, and secure verifiable data registry (VDR) that enables various use cases based on SSI. Built using the Cosmos-SDK, the Hypersign Identity Network is recognized by W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), promoting a seamless and secure identity management experience on the Internet.
Get in touch with us today to understand the nuances of the decentralized identifier and on-chain KYC at meet.hypersign@gmail.com