Worldcoin resumes Kenya operations after police drop probe

Kenyan police have ended their investigation into allegations that Worldcoin illegally collected and transferred personal data, according to a police document, allowing the cryptocurrency project to resume operations.

Worldcoin was suspended in August last year due to privacy concerns over its practice of scanning users’ irises in exchange for a digital ID, aimed at creating a new “identity and financial network.”

Worldcoin is developed by Tools for Humanity, a company co-founded by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman. The project has registered 5.7 million users across over 160 countries, according to its website.

“Upon review of the file, the Director of Public Prosecutions … directed that the file be closed with no further police action,” Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) wrote in a June 14 letter to Coulson Harney, a law firm representing Worldcoin.

Worldcoin will resume registration of users across Kenya soon, said Thomas Scott, chief legal officer at Tools for Humanity, in a statement.

“We are grateful for the DCI’s fair investigation and for the Director of Public Prosecutions’ determination to close the matter,” Scott said.

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