In Spain, the work of the Worldcoin crypto project with biometrics to protect user data was banned

In Spain, the work of the Worldcoin crypto project with biometrics to protect user data was banned

The Spanish Agency for Data Protection (AEPD) required Tools for Humanity to stop collecting and processing certain categories of personal data. Previously, the agency received several complaints, which, among other things, refer to the collection of data without the possibility of withdrawing consent and from minors.

Tools for Humanity is developing the Worldcoin crypto project. She has already blocked the collected data.

The processing of biometric data under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deserves special protection due to its confidential nature. In this regard, the regulator took temporary measures aimed at the immediate termination of the processing of such data and their possible transfer to third parties.

Tools for Humanity has a European representative office in Germany. Measures against the company were introduced for three months, until it eliminates the violation.

In July 2023, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman launched the cryptocurrency project Worldcoin, which uses biometrics for authentication. As part of the project, only a real person will be able to open a World ID account. To receive a World ID, he must register and undergo an iris scan during a face-to-face meeting using a Worldcoin “sphere”. Once the scan is complete, the person is added to the database and Worldcoin creates a unique cryptographic “hash”. The scan data is not stored, but the hash can be used in the future to anonymously verify an identity through an application that includes a private key associated with a public public key.

According to Altman, the project will solve a problem created by AI developers. With the help of such an ID, it will be possible to distinguish a real person from a deepfake. Alman is also confident that the project will bring humanity closer to an unconditional basic income, but it is not yet clear how this will happen.

To date, the number of users of the project has exceeded 4 million people.

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