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Monero, Zcash and Other Privacy Coins Threatened with Delisting from Binance

More than 20% of global trading in Zcash and Monero takes place on Binance. A delisting could impact the price curves of ZEC and XMR. There are also fears in the communities that other large crypto exchanges such as Kraken could also give in when it comes to privacy coins. Whether a system with special “exchange addresses” like FIRO represents a solution remains an open question for the time being.




Monero (XMR) and Zcash (ZEC) are the best known among the so-called privacy coins, which promise anonymous handling. Now the world’s largest crypto exchange Binance is thinking about delisting it.

When Binance underwent a change in leadership in November 2023 due to pressure from the US judiciary, it was clear to the new CEO Richard Teng from day one: the world’s largest crypto exchange should avoid further trouble with regulatory and law enforcement authorities under his leadership. Now a step at Binance seems to be on the horizon that could mean premature obedience. Because Binance has announced that Monero (XMR), Zcash (ZEC) and other so-called privacy coins are under special observation and that they could be delisted.

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Monero (XMR) is considered a pioneer of privacy coins with a system in which transactions are automatically anonymized

At Zcash, even the world-famous whistleblower Edward Snowden took part  in the launch. Other privacy coins that Binance now wants to take a particularly close look at are Horizen (ZEN) and FIRO. Binance vaguely says that cryptocurrencies must be “a contribution to a healthy and sustainable crypto ecosystem” in order to meet the criteria for further listing.

Monero and Co. are a thorn in the side of the judiciary because they are theoretically ideal for conducting illegal business. On the other hand, many users simply claim that they want to maintain their privacy when it comes to money and therefore rely on Monero, Zcash or other privacy coins. The anonymity of users that is often assumed with Bitcoin (BTC) is no longer present; forensic experts can trace transactions there using wallet addresses and public blockchain data.

Meanwhile, FIRO proposes in a blog post  to create a system of “exchange addresses”. The concept behind this is that users can use separate addresses if they are willing to identify themselves. With such a balancing act between “exchange addresses” and the previously anonymous ones, FIRO wants to forestall delistings. 

No matter how anonymous transactions with Monero and other privacy coins are organized – without an option to sell the investments again for fiat on a crypto exchange, privacy coins lose their special appeal. An alternative option are decentralized crypto exchanges (DEX) and a few trading platforms that do not require proof of identity (KYC).

Conclusion: Privacy coins like Monero (XMR) and Zach (ZEC) under pressure

More than 20 percent of global trading in Zcash and Monero takes place on Binance. A delisting from Binance could impact the price curves of ZEC and XMR. There are also fears in the communities that other large crypto exchanges such as Kraken could also give in when it comes to privacy coins. 

Whether a system with special “exchange addresses” like FIRO represents a solution remains an open question for the time being. But the times in which Monero, Zcash and related altcoins belong as a matter of course in the portfolio of leading global crypto exchanges seem to be coming to an end.


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Valerie Harrison is a mom of two who likes reporting about the world of finance. She learned about the value of investing at a young age upon taking over her family's textile business when she was just a teenager. Valerie's passion for writing can be traced back to working with an editorial team at her corporate job, where she spent significant time working on market analysis and stock market predictions. Her portfolio includes real estate funds, government bonds, and equities in emerging markets such as cannabis, artificial intelligence, and cryptocurrencies.