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UK Data Regulator Probes Worldcoin’s Iris Scan Project



The announcement of the UK’s data regulator to investigate Worldcoin, a project led by Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, has sparked significant interest and scrutiny. 

Worldcoin is built on the concept of capturing data from the iris scans of users in exchange for digital identification and the promise of receiving free cryptocurrency.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) spokesperson’s statement highlights the regulator’s vigilance in monitoring and examining Worldcoin’s innovative technologies. 

Its intent to initiate further inquiries is to ensure that data protection laws are upheld and that any potential risks are thoroughly assessed.

Worldcoin made a notable entrance into the market, attracting an impressive two million users during its initial trial phase. 

With its ambition to expand eyeball-scanning operations to 20 countries, including prominent locations like London, the project has set its sights on becoming a global player in the identity and financial network arena.

The core premise of Worldcoin revolves around the creation of digital IDs for its users. These digital IDs are designed to differentiate human users from artificial intelligence entities in the virtual landscape. 

While this concept may offer unique opportunities for securing online interactions and safeguarding against potential AI impersonations, it also raises concerns regarding the scope and potential misuse of biometric data.

Apart from the UK ICO, Jack Dorsey of Block (and former CEO of Twitter) and Vitalik Buterin of Ethereum have aired their opinion on the security and privacy concerns of Worldcoin. 

For the former CEO of Twitter, there should be no reason why a big corporation should be in charge of global finance at a very large scale as Worldcoin portrays itself to be.

Although Vitalik believes that Worldcoin has taken some positive steps towards decentralization, he suggested that the goal of Proof of Personhood that Worldcoin is embarking on requires more than one model of implementation.

To further push its adoption, the three-year-old project released an NFT project to celebrate its launch while users are given access to mint an NFT for free as per the website.

Read also; Vitalik criticizes Worldcoin; proposes a better Proof of Personhood system

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