For the next 90 days, Portugal has stopped Worldcoin from collecting biometric data.

On March 26, Portugal’s National Data Protection Commission (CNPD) took decisive action to protect personal data, particularly that of minors, by temporarily banning Worldcoin.

In response to concerns raised by numerous complaints, the CNPD issued a temporary 90-day restriction on Worldcoin’s biometric data collection through its Orb devices within Portugal on Tuesday.

CNPD Takes Quick Action Because of Worries About Worldcoin Collecting People’s Biometric Data

This new rule is because the company gathered biometric data like eye and face scans, without permission.

Also, the CNPD found problems with the information given to people about their data and potential issues with deleting or changing data.

 

The choice was also influenced by news that more than 300,000 people in Portugal had already given their biometric information.

The rapid proliferation of collection points, particularly in commercial areas, raised concerns about the influx of participants. According to the GDPR, biometric data is classified as a special category of data that requires enhanced protection due to its inherent risks.

Children, who are especially at risk, have the right to extra care and protection under laws in Europe and in their own countries.

The CNPD is going to look at reports it receives and do whatever it needs to do to make sure that people’s data is being protected and any possible harm is reduced.

Worldcoin is dealing with legal uncertainties about its project to create a digital identity.

Worldcoin, a global digital identity and cryptocurrency project founded by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, has recently addressed legal uncertainties surrounding its operations, particularly in Spain.

The problem in Spain got worse when the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) made a temporary rule on March 6. This rule stopped Worldcoin from gathering data in Spain for three months.

AEPD was worried that users couldn’t take back their permission and that they were collecting data from kids. Despite Worldcoin’s efforts to follow the rules, a court in the area said no to their request to stop the data regulator’s actions.

This situation in Spain is different because Worldcoin has also been looked into by regulators in other places. In January 2024, the privacy office in Hong Kong looked into Worldcoin’s activities because they were worried about the privacy of people’s personal data.

Also, Worldcoin faced legal difficulties in Kenya for its eye-scanning project, which caused the government to ban activities related to the platform, including biometric identification, in August 2023.

Worldcoin is ready to work with the Kenyan government again in 2024.

 

On March 18, Worldcoin said it follows the law in all the places where it is used and follows all the rules.

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