Worldcoin Faces Global Scrutiny Over Privacy Violations

The Hong Kong government has ruled that Worldcoin’s operations in the region violate the Privacy Ordinance, leading to an enforcement notice that demands the cessation of its iris scanning activities.

Worldcoin has confirmed that it conducted facial and iris scan authentication on 8,302 people in Hong Kong.

Worldcoin’s troubles extend beyond Hong Kong. Following similar complaints about the project’s data collection techniques, South Korea has launched an investigation.

Additionally, both Portugal and Spain have requested that Worldcoin halt its biometric data collection activities. Worldcoin has temporarily paused operations in these locations and this is not permanent. These actions reflect the broader challenges Worldcoin is encountering globally.

WorldCoin WLD Token Price Action To Monitor 

The $WLD token has been in a continuous decline, dropping by 40.5% over the past 90 days, including a 4% decrease in just the past 24 hours. The global pushback against Worldcoin’s methods underscores the significant hurdles the project faces as it attempts to navigate complex privacy regulations and maintain trust among users.

Worldcoin’s situation illustrates the increasing scrutiny tech projects face regarding personal data collection and privacy. With governments worldwide becoming more vigilant, projects that rely heavily on biometric data must ensure they comply with local regulations to avoid severe repercussions.

In Hong Kong, the enforcement notice serves as a stark reminder of the importance of adhering to privacy laws. The Privacy Ordinance is designed to protect individuals’ personal data, and any violation can lead to significant operational disruptions and legal challenges. Worldcoin’s experience in Hong Kong may serve as a precedent for other jurisdictions considering similar actions.

Per information, Worldcoin Foundation is disappointed by the views recently released by the regulatory authorities in Hong Kong. Worldcoin operates lawfully and is designed to be fully compliant with all laws and regulations governing data collection and use, including the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance of Hong Kong, among many other similar statutes across other markets. In an effort to prepare humanity for the age of AI, the Foundation continues to raise the privacy bar through data minimization, user control over data and advanced technology such as personal custody, iris code deletion, and secure multi-party computation. Unfortunately, the authorities in Hong Kong overlooked these aspects in their evaluation of the humanness verification process.

As Worldcoin grapples with these issues, the continued decline in the $WLD token’s value reflects investor concerns over the project’s future. For Worldcoin, addressing these privacy concerns and adapting to the regulatory landscape will be crucial steps in restoring confidence and ensuring long-term viability.

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