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Worldcoin Gets Instructions to Stop Gathering Data from Spanish Users

Latest update on Workdcoin says Sam Altman’s cryptocurrency project, Worldcoin, has been told to stop collecting data in Spain, a move the Spanish cryptocurrency community has described as a big step forward for data privacy laws.

The ruling was issued amid rising worries about invasions of privacy and the unapproved acquisition of personal data by Workdcoin. Worldcoin received a directive from the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) to stop collecting data within the nation’s borders. Recall, the issue had once caused similar controversy in South Africa in 2022 when Sam Altman was almost arrested and detained by the South African authorities.

Explaining Worldcoin’s data misconduct, Tristan Greene from Cointelegraph says that the company uses a unique strategy to change the distribution of digital currency by dispersing biometric identification devices, or “Worldcoin orbs,” widely. These balls are outfitted with cutting-edge facial recognition technology and are intended to make it easier for people worldwide to receive cryptocurrency.

Move by Spanish Authorities Disrupt Workdcoin’s Globalization Plan 

Questions have been made about how Worldcoin’s data collection methods can affect privacy, particularly regarding the company’s use of biometric data without express authorization. The Asociación Española de Pediatría (also translated to Spanish Data Protection Agency [AEPD]) demonstrates that it is taking a proactive approach to protecting people’s right to privacy and ensuring that data protection laws are followed.


The company hopes to empower people and promote financial inclusion through its cutting-edge platform. Analysis on Cointelegraph says that the regulatory roadblocks highlight how crucial it is to abide by established privacy standards and laws. The AEP’s move aligns with broader worries about the moral and legal ramifications of using cutting-edge technology like facial recognition during financial transactions.

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Sam Altman Yet to Respond to AEPD, As Future Looks Glumly

Sam Altman is yet to officially respond to the AEPD’s mandate. The company is expected to resolve the regulatory issues and take the necessary steps to guarantee compliance with data protection laws. The company’s stakeholders have encouraged the company to get serious with their privacy and data protection laws to gain the confidence of both consumers and authorities.

The company claim that the European Union (EU) authorities are spreading wrong and deceptive information about their technology and demands they should stop. Workdcoin also said that there are efforts to get the AEPD involved and help them with the correct information about its operations and World ID as a product, a question the company claims has been unanswered for many months.

Describing the Worldcoin registration process, Greene explained that users will have to sign up by first downloading the app – after which they are directed to a function with an orb where they are meant to submit the data of their scanned eyes.

The Biometric confirmation is said to be more accurate in the identification process, hence the compulsory demand. Once the registration process is complete, the user’s profiles are linked to their biometric data, where they can be individually verified. 

Workdcoin Responds to Spanish Authorities in a Descriptive Statement

According to the official statement from Workdcoin, the company explained that it had been involved with the Bavarian data protection authority (BayLDA), is also in charge of the supervisory task and operates under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for the Worldcoin Foundation and Tools for Humanity.

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It also says that the AEPD, the official Spanish government data protection agency, is avoiding the European Union (EU) guidelines using its laws. The statement said this development only prevails in Spain and not all European territories. In the statement, the company is proud to help the authorities with such a task and sees it as an opportunity to explain the importance of the controversial technology.

The objection by the Spanish government is coming a few weeks after the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) Hong Kong office finalized an investigation into the operations of Worldcoin. Meanwhile, a report from Cointelegraph said that PCPD acted on a search warrant issued at Worldcoin’s Hong Kong office in January.

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Brenda Collins

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