– Kenyan authorities accuse Worldcoin of espionage and posing a threat to the country’s statehood.
– Worldcoin allegedly collected data from Kenyan citizens by scanning their irises in exchange for cryptocurrency tokens.
– Worldcoin’s operations in Kenya were suspended in August.
– The committee calls for an investigation into Worldcoin’s parent companies: Tools for Humanity (TFH) Corp and Tools for Humanity (TFH) Gmbh.
– These foreign companies are suspected of operating illegally in Kenya, violating several Kenyan laws.
– Worldcoin’s application for registration as a data controller came after it had already commenced operations in Kenya, violating the Data Protection Act.
– Concerns raised about how Worldcoin is storing and handling citizens’ data.
– Uncertainties persist regarding the ability to retract and delete collected data when necessary.
– Approximately 350,000 Kenyans had registered with Worldcoin before the government suspended its activities.
– Despite regulatory pushback, Worldcoin continues to attract new sign-ups worldwide.
Kenyan authorities have accused cryptocurrency company Worldcoin of espionage and threatening the country’s statehood. The allegations stem from an investigation initiated following concerns raised by the public about Worldcoin’s activities, including data mining practices that involved scanning the irises of Kenyan citizens in exchange for cryptocurrency tokens. Worldcoin’s operations in Kenya were suspended in August, and an ad hoc committee has called for an investigation into two foreign companies associated with Worldcoin for allegedly operating illegally within the country. Concerns have also been raised about how Worldcoin stores citizens’ data and whether the transfer of personal data outside Kenya complies with the Data Protection Act. Despite regulatory pushback, Worldcoin continues to attract new sign-ups worldwide.
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