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French Data Protection Agency CNIL Raises Concerns Over Worldcoin


The French National Commission on Informatics and Liberty (CNIL), acting as France's data protection agency, has expressed doubts about Worldcoin's data collection methods.

The commission questioned the legality of the data collection process and the storage conditions of biometric data by Worldcoin.

The CNIL is currently investigating the matter and is collaborating with the Bavarian state authority in Germany, which is also looking into the issue.

Worldcoin, a project by OpenAI, the company behind the well-known AI chatbot ChatGPT, was officially launched on June 24. The platform requires users to submit a scan of their iris in exchange for a digital ID and free cryptocurrency.

During the trial period over the past two years, approximately 2.1 million people signed up for the initiative, as stated on the company's website.

Since its official launch, Worldcoin has proudly announced on Twitter (currently rebranding to X) that a new World ID is being verified by a unique human every 7.6 seconds, setting new records daily.

Reports suggest that Worldcoin has faced challenges in attracting new sign-ups since its launch.

The three designated locations in Hong Kong reportedly saw only around 200 sign-ups on the first day, with a total of 600 sign-ups overall.

However, co-founder Sam Altman countered these claims by posting a video of a long line of people in Japan waiting to complete iris scans on the following day.

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