Indian Crypto Exchange Giottus Says It Will Provide Proof of Reserves, While Rivals Remain Silent
Giottus, a lesser-known Indian cryptocurrency exchange but among the top 10 of the nation, says it will provide customers with proof of reserves, even as the rest of India's cryptocurrency exchange industry remains silent on the matter for now.
India's most prominent crypto trading platforms either declined to comment or have not responded to CoinDesk requests for comments when asked if they would consider publicly publishing their fund reserves or doing a Merkle tree proof of reserves.
CoinDesk reached out to seven of the largest platforms in India. The most prominent of them – CoinDCX, CoinSwitch Kuber and WazirX – declined to comment, while ZebPay, BitBNS and BuyUCoin didn’t respond.
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Only Giottus confirmed plans towards providing proof of reserves. “We are working on it. As a matter of fact, it's high time, we all did,” said Vikram Subburaj, Giottus' co-founder and CEO. “We should have something within the next three months. This is also an ideal point for regulators to start looking at providing proof of reserves from exchanges as part of their filings.”
Giottus' trading volume over the past 24 hours was $51,004,757, according to CoinMarketCap.
The Bharat Web3 Association (BWA), the Indian industry’s newly formed advocacy body, declined to comment.
The Merkle tree proof of reserves, named after its inventor Ralph Merkle, is a cryptographic tool at the heart of all blockchain technology. It’s a cryptographic data structure that maintains privacy, but allows users to verify the stability of their holdings on exchanges, thereby creating trust.
The Merkle tree proof of reserves has become central to the crypto eco system’s conversation in the wake of Binance founder Changpeng “CZ” Zhao’s tweet that urged industry players to provide “proof of reserves” following this week’s events involving FTX and Binance.
Shortly after Zhao's tweet, nine exchanges – Binance, Gate.io, KuCoin, Poloniex, Bitget, Huobi, OKX, Deribit and Bybit– separately issued statements that they would publish their Merkle tree reserve certificates to increase transparency.
Binance released a list of its cold wallet and reserves amounting to around $69 billion, based on current market prices, on Thursday. The company also said it will share its Merkle Tree proof-of-funds in the coming weeks.