Sveriges Riksbank researchers argue that “all CBDC payments will involve reconciliation with one or more remote ledgers” that track the transactions and ownership to prevent double-spends. This requirement—according to the bank—should squash the hopes for a cash-like anonymous digital currency.
Planning to score some cocaine before meeting your girlfriend at a hotel? Neither the cops nor your wife will be any the wiser if you use some of the “anonymity vouchers” Europe’s central bank just proposed building into an e-euro. It’s kind of like trying to sneak across a room unseen by screaming, “nobody look at me!”