Kenya Ends Worldcoin Probe: ‘No Further Action’

Worldcoin, a cryptocurrency and digital identity initiative co-developed by OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman, has recently scored a significant accomplishment in Kenya following a suspension order it received in 2023. The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) of Kenya’s National Police Service revealed in an official announcement that the probe into Worldcoin has been terminated. This decision was communicated in a statement dated June 14, 2024, responding to a status update request from Worldcoin’s legal team concerning an investigation begun in May 2024.

The DCI explained that Kenya’s public prosecution team agreed with their findings and directed the cessation of the case against Worldcoin without any additional police activities. The DCI mentioned that they had thoroughly and impartially examined various claims regarding Worldcoin’s operations in Kenya, specifically scrutinizing the suspected illegal gathering and transfer of sensitive personal data.

Following the conclusion of the investigation, the Kenyan authorities put forth recommendations for Worldcoin. They suggested that the company officially register its business within the country and acquire appropriate licenses. Coordination with the Data Protection Commission and the Communication Authority of Kenya was deemed necessary. The DCI advised that any third-party vendors associated with Worldcoin should undergo rigorous vetting and legal agreements.

Expressing gratitude, Thomas Scott, chief legal officer at Tools for Humanity—the organization behind Worldcoin—lauded the DCI’s thorough examination and the decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions to close the matter. In his statement, Scott expressed optimism about Worldcoin’s future in Kenya. He stressed that the favorable outcome marks a new beginning rather than an end and signaled that their collaboration with the Kenyan government would continue, anticipating the resumption of World ID registrations nationwide soon.

Worldcoin officially came into the public eye in July 2023, after spending three years in development. The project’s core mission is to provide mechanisms to distinguish humans from artificial intelligence by employing a technology that scans an individual’s IRIS—Intelligent Retrieval Information System. Once the scanning is successfully completed, Worldcoin issues a World ID, enabling individuals to affirm their human identity online.

Worldcoin’s innovative approach raised alarms among global regulators concerning user privacy and data protection. Shortly after its launch, the platform was banned in Kenya, prompting local authorities to hal250t all biometric identification activities linked to it. In response, Worldcoin expressed its intent to collaborate with the Kenyan government to recommence operations by 2024.

Kenya is not the solitary country to have encountered issues with Worldcoin. Several other nations—such as India, South Korea, Germany, and Brazil—also began scrutinizing the company’s data collection methods. In May 2024, Hong Kong authorities directed Worldcoin to pause its operations due to privacy concerns.

Despite these challenges, the Worldcoin network has shown significant expansion since its inception. As of April 2024, the World App had amassed 10 million total registered users, bolstered by an average of 2 million daily users and over 5 million monthly active users. This growth indicates a robust interest and engagement in Worldcoin’s unique digital identity solutions, despite initial resistance from various regulatory bodies.

While Worldcoin has faced numerous hurdles globally, its recent clearance in Kenya signifies a crucial step forward. The project’s developers remain committed to working with governments and regulators to ensure compliance and secure a favorable operating environment. Worldcoin aims to expand its footprint and continue delivering its one-of-a-kind identity verification service to more users worldwide.

23 thoughts on “Kenya Ends Worldcoin Probe: ‘No Further Action’

  1. Thrilled to see Worldcoins success in Kenya! Their transparent and diligent efforts have paid off. Looking forward to more achievements!

  2. Hooray for Worldcoin! 🎉 Their relentless pursuit of compliance and cooperation with authorities is truly paying off. Kenya is a go! 🚀

  3. Incredible that they cleared all hurdles! 🎉👏 Worldcoin’s resilience is commendable, and their future in Kenya looks brighter than ever. 🌟

  4. Big win for Worldcoin and innovation! This resolution will surely open new doors and strengthen their global presence. Well done!

  5. Worldcoin may be cleared in Kenya, but it still feels like a scam. Putting my sensitive info at risk isn’t worth it! 🚫

  6. I don’t get how Kenya can just brush off the privacy concerns this quickly. What about the other pressing issues other countries have raised? 🤔

  7. Congratulations to the entire Worldcoin team! 🎉🌍 Overcoming regulatory challenges with such grace is inspiring. Onward and upward! 🚀

  8. Hats off to the Worldcoin team! Navigating through regulatory challenges and coming out successfully is commendable. Cheers to future endeavors in Kenya!

  9. Major congratulations to Worldcoin! 🥳 Their perseverance through this investigation is truly commendable. Kenya is certainly on the horizon! 🇰🇪

  10. I’m really skeptical about giving any personal data to Worldcoin. Happy they cleared Kenya, but too many red flags globally!

  11. They should have been more transparent from the beginning! Hiding behind legal teams just isn’t enough. 🚫

  12. Kudos to Worldcoins team and the Kenyan authorities! This resolution allows for a fresh start. Heres to new beginnings and successful partnerships!

  13. Brilliant success for Worldcoin and its supporters! Resolving the investigation surely boosts trust and paves the way for groundbreaking advancements.

  14. Cheers to Worldcoin for this milestone! The hard work and transparency have yielded results. Exciting times ahead in Kenya!

  15. So, a probe is terminated and we’re just supposed to ignore the fact that there were valid concerns about data privacy? 🙄

  16. Huge congratulations to Worldcoin! Successfully navigating regulatory hurdles showcases their dedication to ethical practices. Thrilled for their future in Kenya!

  17. Amazing news for Worldcoin! Their determination and transparency paid off. Cant wait to see what the future holds for them in Kenya.

  18. Impressive how Worldcoin is celebrating this accomplishment in Kenya when theyre facing bans and scrutiny everywhere else. Real champions.

  19. Sam Altman’s Worldcoin might have dodged a bullet in Kenya, but what about all the other countries investigating them? This is far from over.

  20. Well done Worldcoin! The conclusion of this investigation is a big relief. Lets hope this paves the way for more successful ventures in Kenya!

  21. Congratulations to Worldcoin! This is a significant milestone and bodes well for their continued growth and innovation. Kenya, here they come!

  22. Can they really claim victory when so many other nations are still suspicious and halting their operations? Seems like a premature celebration.

  23. Amazing achievement for Worldcoin! 🌍✨ Clearing this investigation shows their solid commitment to compliance. Excited for their next steps in Kenya! 🎉

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