Kenya lawmakers call for shutdown Worldcoin

Kenya lawmakers call for shutdown Worldcoin

NAIROBI : On Monday, a parliamentary panel in Kenya called on the country's information technology regulatory body to shut down the operations of the cryptocurrency project Worldcoin within the country until more stringent regulations are put in place.

The company tools for humanity, a company co-founded by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, was used to launch Worldcoin in various nations across the globe. It has also come under fire in France, Germany and Britain.

The project has a virtual presence in Kenya and can be accessed via the Internet, even after the August suspension.

The regulatory Communications Authority of Kenya should disable the virtual platforms of Tools for Humanity Corp and Tools for Humanity GmbH Germany, including blacklisting the IP addresses of related websites, said the ad hoc panel of 18 lawmakers.

The panel's report will be tabled at the National Assembly for consideration and adoption at a later date.

During the suspension of data collection in August, authorities said the program's method of obtaining consumer consent in return for a monetary award of just over $50 at the time bordered on inducement.

Registring to use the platform necessitated long queues of people queuing to get their irises scanned. The report alleges that Worldcoin has scanned the eyes of minors as there was no age-verification mechanism during the exercise.

The panel also called on the government ministers to develop regulations for crypto assets and firms that provide crypto services and asked the police to investigate tools for humanity and take any necessary legal action.