In a recent regulatory action, The Agency for Access to Public Information (AAIP) of Argentina has urged the Worldcoin company, founded by Sam Altman, creator of ChatGPT, to provide clarifications on the management and use of biometric data collected in various provinces of the country.
according to a publication Los Andes last Tuesday, August 8, 2023, the AAIP has granted a 10-day term to Worldcoin to provide detailed explanations about the nature and purposes of the personal information collected, as well as the security and confidentiality measures implemented to safeguard this data.
The request comes after the Worldcoin Foundation collected biometric information from volunteers in different parts of Argentina in exchange for WLD tokens.triggering a series of questions about privacy and data protection.
In her request, the director of the AAIP, Beatriz de Anchorena, has requested Worldcoin to clarify the category of personal data processed and for what purpose they are used. In addition, you are required to describe how compliance with the data processing principles is guaranteed, including the security and confidentiality of the information.
The request is also based on Law 25,326 on the Protection of Personal Data of Argentinawhich requires Worldcoin to provide information on the specific purposes for the collection of personal data, its accuracy, the retention period, and the technical and organizational measures implemented to protect the security and confidentiality of the information.
The AAIP has also required Worldcoin to detail whether it has carried out an impact assessment in relation to the processing of personal data and, if so, to provide a full copy of it. In addition, it seeks to clarify whether the company has established a minimum age for users and how compliance with this restriction is verified.
In relation to the legal basis for data processing, the AAIP has requested that Worldcoin indicate the specific legal basis for each processing operation it performs. Information is also requested on the geographic location of the servers used for the processing of personal data in Argentina and whether the foundation is the sole party responsible for the processing of said data.
The information request also addresses the issue of public interest reasons that allow Worldcoin to create a biometric database, as well as details on agreements with local entities for the installation of eye scanning equipment in different locations.
The AAIP has emphasized that its request is based on its role of control and supervision of the Personal Data Protection Law and its commitment to guarantee the comprehensive protection of citizens’ personal data.
This regulatory movement adds to the ongoing investigation by the Justice of Mendoza and the prosecutor Susana Muscianisi of Economic Crimes on the practices of Worldcoin in Argentinainformation reflected in this medium on August 05.
In addition, the recent intervention by the Kenyan government and the raid on the Worldcoin facility in Nairobi have also raised concerns around data security and privacy.
Worldcoin’s proposal to use eye scanning as a unique method of identification has sparked a debate around privacy and data protection in a world increasingly influenced by artificial intelligence. The firm, which has more than two million users around the world, seeks to solve the challenge of digital identity through its open World ID protocol.
As a result, verification of digital identities through ‘Orbes’ in Argentina faces significant restrictions, with only 9 locations available in Buenos Aires by appointment. Contrasting this limitation, less than a month ago, the ‘Orbs’ were accessible in various locations, even in provinces such as Córdoba and Mendoza, where users could perform iris scans without prior appointment.
Source: Worldcoin App
This process is crucial to meet the Worldcoin requirement and to be able to access the periodic bonuses granted by the company.
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