ICO not informed about Worldcoin's London eye-scanning operation

28/07/2023 | City A.M.

Following the launch of Worldcoin, the iris-scanning digital identity cryptocurrency founded by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman last Monday and the subsequent reports that the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) would be making enquiries about the company's data processing activities, City A.M. reveals the company failed to inform the ICO about its plans to set up some of its hardware devices that scan user's eyes in London.

In related news, the French data protection authority, the CNIL, is also concerned about the new venture. In response to a question by Reuters, the DPA said, "The legality of this collection seems questionable, as do the conditions for storing biometric data."

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