practices French Regulator Launches Probe into Worldcoin Data Collection Practices


France’s privacy watchdog has recently questioned the process of collecting biometric data by Worldcoin, a recently launched cryptocurrency. According to the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL), users must scan their irises using an orb to determine if they are eligible for the free access to a Digital ID and cryptocurrency offered by Worldcoin.

The CNIL opened an investigation after details of the data collected from users in France were published in a Reuters report. Since the launch of the ‘proof of Personhood’ program, demand for this document has been increasing. A unique human being verifies the World ID every 7.6 seconds and new records are being set daily.

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has also recently announced that it is looking into Worldcoin. This comes shortly after the action taken by France’s CNIL.

We appreciate the patience of those involved as Worldcoin continues to work on the project in order to better meet global demand.

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