The government of Kenya through The Office of Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) has urged its citizens to take caution over the rush to sign up for worldcoin cryptocurrency.
"The ODPC is aware that WorldCoin has now been launched and is processing sensitive personal data in a manner that requires a demonstration of proper safeguards under the Data Protection Act, 2019
As the ODPC conducts its assessment of WorldCoin's practices to ensure compliance with the law, Kenyans are urged to ensure that they receive proper information before disclosing any personal or sensitive data. Individuals are advised to inquire thoroughly about how their data will be used."Reads the statement.
What is Cryptocurrency doing? Cryptocurrency started a mode of data collection by WorldCoin. This is a private project by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, where users are required to scan their eyeballs.
Users are in turn awarded. After scanning their eyes, a user gets a unique number and then gets 25 free Worldcoin tokens, which are worth about $2 (Ksh.284) each for a total of about Ksh.7,000.
From the current statistics from 34 countries, worldcoin has said over 2.1 million have registered.
ODPC has, however, promised Kenyans to ensure the process is in compliance with the law and protect the privacy of Kenyans.