UK Information Commission to Make Inquiries About Worldcoin

The firm has claimed it complies with "very, very local and very specific rules and regulations in each of the markets where there's an Orb."

AccessTimeIconJul 25, 2023 at 9:20 a.m. UTC
Updated Jul 25, 2023 at 5:49 p.m. UTC
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The U.K.'s data watchdog, the Information Commissions Office (ICO), will examine Worldcoin, a project by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman.

"We note the launch of WorldCoin in the U.K. and will be making further enquiries," a spokesperson for the Information Commissioner's Office told CoinDesk. Organizations "need to have a clear lawful basis to process personal data. Where they are relying on consent, this needs to be freely given and capable of being withdrawn without detriment."

Worldcoin, which launched on Monday, describes itself as a digital passport that can help holders prove they are human. The project already had 2 million users from its beta launch.

The Worldcoin Foundation adheres to strict privacy guidelines and "are continuing to assess local laws and regulations to ensure compliance," a company spokesperson said. "With regard to GDPR, Worldcoin is fully compliant with all laws and regulations governing biometric data collection and data transfer, including Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation."

UPDATE (July 26 09:51 UTC): Adds Worldcoin Foundation comments.

Edited by Oliver Knight.


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