Iris Scanning is Suspended by Worldcoin in France, Brazil, and India

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Last Updated on December 21, 2023 by Bitfinsider

In three markets—India, Brazil, and France—Worldcoin has disabled its offline orb verification feature for customers, according to a report published on December 21.

The Orb, a five-pound multicolored helmet that uses eye scanning technology to authenticate people, was developed by Worldcoin as a means of assisting with the onboarding of residents in areas where traditional identification is not always readily available.

The company provided local Orb operators with incentives in USDC to encourage the offline onboarding process. Worldcoin started paying out prizes in its native cryptocurrency, WLD, in November.

Reports indicate that Worldcoin “silently discontinued” the orb verification procedure in India “3–4 months ago,” even though in certain regions of the nation, large crowds were forming in front of Orb operators. But the foundation in charge of Worldcoin, Tools for Humanity, clarified that the Orb was always a “limited-time access” program in Brazil, France, and India.

Worldcoin has been embroiled in a number of public disputes as a result of the onboarding procedure, which involves obtaining sensitive information such an iris scan. The project, which was started by OpenAI creator Sam Altman, has been criticized for being unethical and having elements of a “dystopian nightmare.”

Regulators have also expressed skepticism. In 2022, German financial regulators opened an inquiry into Worldcoin, and shortly after the project’s introduction, the UK’s data regulatory organization also threatened to open an investigation. Kenya has officially outlawed Worldcoin’s operations there.

A weakness in the screening procedures for Orb operators was discovered in August by security platform CertiK. This vulnerability might have made it possible for an attacker to evade verification and use an Orb without being questioned or needing the appropriate identification.

WLD is currently trading at $3.69 at the time of writing.

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