Spain Halts Worldcoin’s Data Collection Amidst Privacy Concerns

Government Intervention

The Spanish Data Collection Agency (AEPD) has ordered Worldcoin to cease collecting personal data in Spain. This decision comes after receiving numerous complaints alleging that the project’s data-gathering process violated user privacy.

Specific Violations

The AEPD cited several infringements, including:

  • Insufficient information provided to users
  • Collection of data from minors
  • Inability to withdraw consent

Previous Controversies

Worldcoin, co-founded by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, has faced similar challenges in other countries. Last year, its operations were paused in Brazil, India, and France.

Elon Musk’s Lawsuit

Earlier this month, Elon Musk filed a lawsuit against Altman and OpenAI, claiming that the company breached its founding agreement. The lawsuit alleges that OpenAI’s use of GPT-4 technology violates its original mission to benefit humanity.

Market Impact

Despite the controversy, Worldcoin’s token (WLD) has seen a 1.75% increase in the last 24 hours, currently trading at $7.08.