Argentina Investigates Worldcoin Over Data Privacy Concerns: Could Project be Shut Down?

• Argentina has initiated an investigation into Worldcoin to confirm its adherence to privacy safeguards.
• The investigation was prompted by a legal allegation raised by Daniel Monastersky, concerning potential Personal Data Protection Act breaches and non-compliance in managing the gathered biometric data.
• Other countries have also expressed concerns regarding privacy issues related to Worldcoin.

Argentina Investigating Worldcoin

The government of Argentina has initiated an investigation into Worldcoin, the biometric ID and wallet initiative, focusing on its data practices. On August 7, the Public Information Access Agency (AAIP) issued a letter to the Worldcoin Foundation requesting data from them to ensure compliance with privacy safeguards for citizens engaged in the project.

Legal Allegations

The investigation comes in response to a legal allegation raised by Daniel Monastersky, a Data Governance Latam partner. The complaint raises concerns about potential Personal Data Protection Act breaches and non-compliance in managing the gathered biometric data. In a press statement, the government declared they “will take appropriate steps to address any identified issues and ensure that the company complies with security and privacy standards”.

Protocols Outlined By AAIP

As per AAIP’s directives, Wordcoin must adhere to protocols outlined in the Personal Data Protection Act which includes registering with AAIP, providing details about data handling practices, specifying purpose for data collection and disclosing duration of data retention as well as outlining security and confidentiality protocols employed for protecting personal data of Argentine residents.

Global Concerns Among Nations

Apart from Argentina other nations such as UK’s Information Commissioner’s Officeand France’s National Commission of Informatics and Liberty (CNIL) have also raised legal queries about Worldcoin’s biometric data gathering raising privacy issues around it.

Governmental Commitment

If any concerns arise as a result of this investigation then governmental authorities have affirmed their commitment towards taking necessary actions for rectifying any identified issues while ensuring Worldcoin’s alignment with established security and privacy benchmarks

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