Spain BLOCKS Worldcoin—Here’s Why

March 7, 2024 8:07 pm Comments

Spain has become the latest country to ban the Worldcoin project from its sovereign territory.

Citing privacy concerns and the ‘unprecedented’ collection of sensitive biometric data, Spain’s government has decided to issue a temporary ban on Worldcoin’s data harvesting operations for three months.

Spanish officials have given Worldcoin 72 hours to begin complying with their temporary order.

The government of Kenya has also been in staunch opposition to the project—citing the same concerns and even detaining some Worldcoin executives last year.

It remains to be seen if Worldcoin will be allowed to return to normal operations in the country after the temporary ban is up, or if the temporary ban will become more permanent. Here’s what is currently being reported:

Coin Telegraph presented this statement from Worldcoin in response to the temporary ban:

“World ID was created to give people access, privacy and protection online. It is the most privacy preserving and safest solution for asserting humanness in the age of AI, and we are always willing to engage with regulators, examine their feedback and answer their questions.”

Multiple mainstream news outlets also provided coverage for Spain’s ban of the Worldcoin project—a topic that has since become a hot button issue.

According to News BTC:

In January, the data protection watchdog in Spain’s Basque Country, known as AVPD, warned about the eye-scanning technology used by Worldcoin in a mall in Bilbao.

The AVPD deemed it subject to biometric data protection rules and called for a risk assessment. As a result of Spain’s regulatory action, the native token of Worldcoin, WLD, has experienced a 7% decline within the past 24 hours.

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