Nairobi, Kenya – Kenyan police raided a warehouse in Nairobi on Saturday that was being used by Worldcoin, a startup that is developing a cryptocurrency that is based on eye scans. The raid came after concerns were raised about the privacy implications of Worldcoin’s technology.
The raid was conducted by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC). The officers seized a number of documents and machines from the warehouse, including computers, scanners, and iris-scanning equipment.
The ODPC said that the raid was conducted as part of an investigation into Worldcoin’s data collection practices. The ODPC has raised concerns that Worldcoin’s iris scans could be used to track people’s movements and activities, and that the company has not been transparent about how it will use the data.
Worldcoin has said that it will comply with all applicable data protection laws. The company has also said that it will not sell or share people’s iris scans with third parties.
The raid on Worldcoin’s warehouse is the latest in a series of setbacks for the company. In July, the Kenyan government suspended Worldcoin’s operations in the country, citing privacy concerns. Worldcoin has also been criticized by privacy advocates, who have raised concerns about the company’s data collection practices.
It is unclear what the long-term implications of the raid on Worldcoin’s warehouse will be. However, the raid is a sign that the Kenyan government is taking privacy concerns seriously. It is also a sign that the company will face challenges as it tries to roll out its iris-scanning technology.
In addition to the raid, Worldcoin has also faced other challenges in recent months. In July, the Kenyan government suspended Worldcoin’s operations in the country, citing privacy concerns. Worldcoin has also been criticized by privacy advocates, who have raised concerns about the company’s data collection practices.