The government of Kenya has ordered Worldcoin to suspend all its activity in the country, where it recently launched the project.
The Kithure Kindiki, the Cabinet Secretary for the Interior and National Administration, stated that the Kenyan government is very concerned about Worldcoin’s activities in the nation. Worldcoin collects the iris data of the people and stores it for generating the World ID.
Worldcoin’s Registration activity is under investigation by the Financial Services and Data Protection Agency. The primary concern of the agency is authenticity and legality.
A huge number of Kenyan citizens are visiting the nearest registration hub. One of the reasons for the increased number of visitors can be the free WLD tokens in exchange for Iris Scans.
The government of Kenya believes that Worldcoins registration activity is not safe and also risks people’s privacy. Thus, due to this reason, the government of Kenya has paused Worldcoins activity.
Although the Worldcoins team has stated that the project is a decentralized proof of the personhood concept, The regulators are still concerned with the projects.
Worldcoin is also under investigation in many European nations. Kenya is the first to halt Worldcoin’s operations completely.
The CEO of OpenAI, Sam Altman, is the Co-Founder of Worldcoin, which has been under criticism for privacy concerns.