The Worldcoin (WLD) project, which has OpenAI CEO Sam Altman as a co-founder, is facing yet another investigation, this time in Spain and has halted its operations in the country. Spain’s data watchdog announced, on June 4, that Worldcoin has entered into an agreement so that it will not resume its activities in the country until the end of 2024.

“The Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) ordered a precautionary measure last March so that Tools for Humanity Corporation ceased the collection and processing of personal data that it carried out in Spain within the scope of its Worldcoin project”, he wrote in his official statement .

The entity highlighted the progress of investigations carried out by Bayerisches Landesamt für Datenschutzaufsicht (BayLDA), the data protection authority in Bavaria, Germany, where the company has its main establishment in Europe, which are expected to be concluded soon. “In this context, the company has made a legally binding commitment not to resume its activity in Spain until the end of the year or until BayLDA adopts a final resolution in relation to the data processing carried out by the company”, he explained.

The precautionary measure was approved by the National Court, which considered that “the safeguard of the general interest prevailed, which consists of protecting the right to protection of personal data of interested parties in view of the company’s particular interest”. “Following the provisional measure imposed by the Agency, Tools for Humanity Corporation announced changes in its operation, such as the introduction of controls for age verification or the possibility of eliminating the iris code”, he added.

It is worth remembering that, in March, the Worldcoin (WLD) project encountered a new setback in Europe. The project has been raising privacy concerns in several countries since its launch in 2023. Portugal’s data regulator, CNPD, ordered the Worldcoin project to suspend its collection of personal data for a period of 90 days, according to information from a Reuters report. In February, Worldcoin was banned for up to three months in Spain.


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