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.