World coin collecting biometrics of Kenyans

So basically money for your virtual eyeballs?

The question is how many of us (Wanjiku) understand the ramifications of
having your digital eyeballs in a database no one really knows the use?

It’s simple. The government needs to protect its citizens.


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On Tue, Nov 15, 2022 at 8:25 PM Mwendwa Kivuva via KICTANet <> wrote:

> Have you heard of World Coin? What is the value of your iris scan? World
> Coin scans the iris of the public in exchange of the WorldCoin
> cryptocurrency. I came across them at Sarit Center today. Is this legal?
> Has Kenyan government and Office of the Data Protection Commissioner given
> then the go ahead to mass scan the biometrics of Kenyans?
> According to the project’s team, around 30 orbs that can scan people’s
> eyes and create a unique identifier are located all across the world.
> Worldcoin orbs can be found in France, Sudan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Chile.
> Worldcoin’s orbs are maintained by “Orb Operators” who get rewarded for
> soliciting potential Worldcoin participants. Depending on when the person
> got in on the project, token recipients can get between $10 and $200 worth
> of the digital asset worldcoin (WC).
> The popular whistleblower Edward Snowden scorned Sam Altman’s Worldcoin
> intro tweet as well. “This looks like it produces a global (hash) database
> of people’s iris scans (for ‘fairness’), and waves away the implications by
> saying ‘we deleted the scans,’” Snowden said. “Yeah, but you save the
> *hashes* produced by the scans. Hashes that match *future* scans. Don’t
> catalogue eyeballs,” Snowden added.