United States authorities have prevented Kenya from arresting senior executives of the Worldcoin project, according to Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki.
According to information from local channel Nation, among those detained at Nairobi airport were the co-founder and CEO of Worldcoin, Alex Blania, and legal consultant, Thomas Scott.
“The US government intervened saying they should be allowed to leave because they have not yet been found guilty of committing a crime and committed to producing them when necessary,” Kindiki said while highlighting that they were detained and placed in custody by US authorities. Kenya and, soon after, the USA intervened for the release.
It is worth remembering that the Worldcoin crypto project, co-founded by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, was suspended in Kenya on August 2. The announcement about the suspension was made through the Kenyan Ministry of Home Affairs Facebook in a statement signed by Minister Kithure Kindiki.
“The government is concerned about the ongoing activities of an organization calling itself ‘WORLD COIN’, which is involved in registering citizens through the collection of eyeball/iris data,” it said. The statement also highlighted the immediate suspension of the crypto project in the country.
The controversial crypto project is being investigated in several countries and by several authorities, including the French privacy regulator, Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL), and the United Kingdom’s data regulator, Information Commissioner’s Office.
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