Smart Contract Immutability Threatened by EU Parliament’s Data Act
The European Union (EU) Council has agreed to amend the Data Law, which mandates a ‘kill switch’ for applications using smart contracts, according to local industry sources.
This comes after the EU Parliament passed the ‘Data Act‘ on March 14, which weakens the immutability of smart contracts. The bill includes regulations requiring smart contracts to have access control, transaction confidentiality protection, and suspend and reset functions.
However, the decentralized finance (DeFi) market is protesting that these functions required by the bill may undermine the original purpose of smart contracts, which are contracts that are automatically executed through code recorded on a public blockchain without an intermediary. The DeFi market argues that the bill could potentially compromise the public and immutable nature of smart contracts, which is a fundamental aspect of blockchain technology.
Popular decentralized exchange (DEX) Curve Finance has already spoken out against the bill, saying that it is impossible to implement. Other players in the DeFi market are likely to follow suit, as they consider the bill to be a significant threat to their operations.
The bill went to a three-way consultation in which the European Union Parliament, the Council and the Executive Committee discussed details. The first related meeting was held on the same day that the EU Council agreed to amend the Data Law. The final draft of the data law will be decided after negotiations between the Parliament and the Council through the mediation of the European Commission.
The passing of the Data Act and the subsequent amendment of the Data Law highlights the ongoing debate around the regulation of blockchain technology and its applications. While some argue that regulations are necessary to ensure the protection of users and to prevent abuse, others argue that excessive regulation could stifle innovation and compromise the core principles of blockchain technology. As the DeFi market continues to grow and evolve, it is likely that similar debates will continue to emerge in the future.
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