Ripple users can now delete their account from the Ripple Lab network if they want, according to Arturo Portilla, former XRP Center manager.
Portilla, in a series of tweets, explained that an amendment which would now allow the termination of accounts on the Ripple XRP ledger. According to reports, the enactment of the new feature follows voting according to the XRP ledger governance model.
May 8, 2020.
After maintaining an 80% consensus during the mandatory 15-day voting period, the XRPL DeletableAccounts Amendment became enabled on May 8, 2020 at 4:29:30 UTC, through the ledger 55,313,921.
Amendment monitoring tool provided by @xrpscan.https://t.co/5Fmai8ub99 pic.twitter.com/z4xv6sM9BK
— Arturo Portilla (@Arturo_P_A) May 8, 2020
Notably, the termination feature has been in discussion since October 2019. The proposed purpose of the feature is to act as a mechanism that would deter “abusive behavior” and suspicious accounts.
How it works
One of the key aspects of the new feature is it allows users to delete their accounts and also recover 75% of their reserve balance. The XRP website also explained that only the owner of an account, who is also the private key holder, could delete it.
Voting for Deletable Accounts amendment has concluded and this change is now active. It should be possible to delete your accounts and recover 75% of your reserve balance – https://t.co/d5d2GWrz0j pic.twitter.com/glx7T3zgiz
— XRPSCAN (@xrpscan) May 8, 2020
Deleting an account invariably means the account no longer exists on XRP’s present ledger. However, the ledger’s history will still contain the wallet’s past activity, the post explains.
Users who wish to avail of this account termination feature need to keep these points in mind.
- Ledger with less than 1,000 objects would only be eligible.
- A special transaction cost of 5 XRP would be applicable.
- The account deletion would be reversible as sending 20 XRP or more to a terminated account would revive it.
According to Ripple, anyone could carry out such a transaction that would possibly revive a deleted account. However, account owners would need their private keys to access and manage their accounts.
Ripple’s CTO, David Schwartz, noted that these new features should promote user confidence and prevent inadvertent forks of the XRP network.
The amendment notice enabling this feature is available here.
Ripple’s other developments
Although Ripple seems to be tied up in several class-action suits, it continues to forge ahead. Recently, it has been in news regarding a next-generation trading platform likely to be based on the XRP token and on-demand liquidity (ODL) payment solution.
Schwartz has also hinted that Ripple was working on a feature enabling companies to create their tokens on the XRP Ledger, tied to XRP or another currency. Additionally, Ripple has been busy forming partnerships with Intemex, MoneyGram, and others to increase its value. It has also lent its support to the fight against the global crisis precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.