Police in Nairobi Seize Worldcoin Machines
- on Aug 13, 2023
Officers of the law in Kenya has raided the Worldcoin warehouse that’s located along Mombasa Road, Nairobi on Saturday. The raid was led with a Search Warrant and the company’s operating equipments that’s aimed at running its controversial crypto projects were seized.
This raid comes after Kenya Government officially stopped Worldcoin’s operation in the country. According to local press released, Kenyan Police moved all the equipments and machines seized to Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters for investigation.
Worldcoin had been running its crypto projects in Kenya, making the citizens to scan their eyes in exchange for 25World tokens. However, this has raised concern against people’s privacy that sensitive data could get into the wrong hands.
Hence, the crypto projects were suspended by Government following a review of Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) and Communication Authority (CA) that Worldcoin’s operation violate legitimate regulations.
According to the head of ODPC – Immaculate Kassait, he accused Tools For Humanity (TFH), the parent company of Worldcoin that it’s failing to unveiled its true intentions. While Communication Authority (CA) said Worldcoin lack clarification on the security and storage of the collected sensitive data.
Additionally, Kenyan Authorities made mention of the inadequate information regarding Worldcoin cybersecurity safeguards and standards, plus, it cannot allow massive data collections of it citizens to be in the hands of private sector without an appropriate licencing and regulations.
The Kenyan Capital Markets Authority (CMA) stated that it was concerned about the ongoing registration and notified Kenyans that Worldcoin was not regulated in the country.
Worldcoin (WLD) token is the cryptocurrency assets of Worldcoin project. According to Worldcoin co-founder, Sam Altman, the founder of Open AI, he said the project is focused on Kenya as the first African country because of the already booming tech space, and have more than 4 million investors who are already trading crypto in the country.