Kenyan police raid Worldcoin warehouse in Nairobi

Temitope Akintade
privacy watchdogs around the world have expressed concerns over Worldcoin’s biometric data collection through iris scans
Kenya police raid Worldcoin warehouse
Authorities raided Worldcoin warehouse

Per reports on Monday, law enforcement agencies in Kenya raided a warehouse in Nairobi that belongs to Worldcoin over the weekend. 

This raid is coming amid growing scrutiny of the controversial crypto project that was launched by ChatGPT founder Sam Altman last month. Recall that privacy watchdogs around the world have expressed concerns over its biometric data collection through iris scans in exchange for $WLD tokens.

Local media in Kenya report that on Saturday, the Kenyan police executed a search warrant and seized Worldcoin’s documents and machines in the warehouse located in the East African country’s capital, Nairobi.

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The raid was reportedly conducted under the supervision of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner. It involved officers from multiple agencies and it resulted in the confiscation of documents and machines that are believed to be associated with the crypto project’s biometric data collection. 

According to the media outlet, Kahawatungu:

“The officers backed by multi-agency officials went to the offices along Mombasa Road armed with a search warrant and broke in Saturday before leaving with machines they believe stores data gathered by the firm.”

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Worldcoin

The confiscated data is being analysed by Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations. Per the reports, Immaculate Kassait, the Data Protection Commissioner accused Tools for Humanity, Worldcoin’s parent company, of failing to disclose its true intentions at the time of registration in April.

Countries remain sceptical about Worldcoin

This development is coming a few days after Kenya’s Ministry of Interior and National Administration ordered the crypto project to shut down its operations and initiated an investigation into its activities in the country due to concerns over privacy and security. 

Kenya is the first African nation targeted by Worldcoin and there were reports of a craze in the East African country last week when thousands of Kenyans queued to have their iris scanned by the Worldcoin orb.

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Kenya suspends the activities of Worldcoin in the country 

Previously, the Kenyan Capital Markets Authority (CMA) expressed concerns about biometric data collection and publicly stated that the project was not regulated in the country. 

However, the crypto project has maintained that its activities are in accordance with Kenyan regulations. Since its launch in July, Worldcoin has come under scrutiny from multiple privacy and data regulators around the world, including Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. 

France’s CNIL and the Bavarian State Authority in Germany have launched a joint investigation into the crypto project’s activities. We await the drama that awaits when it gets to Africa’s largest crypto market, Nigeria. 


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