Republican Now Targeting The Blockchain

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( – This week, Representative Nancy Mace, R-S.C., put forward a new piece of legislation that would mandate the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a public blockchain-based system aimed at enhancing both the operational efficiency and the security of data across U.S. borders.

Titled the Border Security and Blockchain Technology Act, Mace’s proposal builds on preliminary investigations by U.S. Customs and Border Protection into blockchain’s applicability for secure transaction storage. The agency has already established a proof of concept that showcases the potential of blockchain to fortify protections for confidential data. The legislation seeks to extend this initiative, suggesting a framework that would improve verification procedures, advance the tracking and management of goods, minimize fraud, and ensure the secure deployment of border control staff.

In her public announcement, Mace emphasized the promising results of the CBP’s initial experiments with blockchain technology, stating, “The CBP’s initial findings and prototypes have demonstrated significant potential in using blockchain to enhance and secure border operations. Through this legislation, we aim to evolve these preliminary efforts into a robust, secure, and efficient system that tackles the challenges at our southern border.”

The legislation specifies several key implementations, including:

  • The use of smart contracts to securely store and distribute border security data.
  • The application of blockchain technology to safeguard critical data, such as customs records, biometric identifiers, and visa details.
  • The integration of real-time data inputs for all pertinent government bodies.
  • The facilitation of smooth data sharing between federal and international border and immigration authorities.

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