Developing Financial Privacy Tools Was Today Criminalized by the Dutch Court

In the Netherlands, open source developers are now liable for how their software is used.

Alexey Pertsev, a 31-year old Russian national living in the Netherlands and one of the developers of the Ethereum-based privacy tool Tornado Cash, was today found guilty of money laundering by the Dutch court: he’s been sentenced to 64 months in prison. The fact that Pertsev never held custody of any cryptocurrency flowing through Tornado Cash — or could even control how the smart contract operated — was deemed irrelevant by the panel of judges, as he did contribute to the development of the software.

In line with Dutch public prosecutor Martine Boerlage, the court ruled that Tornado Cash was…

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