Worldcoin Asserts Compliance With Global Laws Amidst Spain Ban

Published: Mar 18, 2024
Written By:
Vignesh Karunanidhi
Milk Road Writer

Worldcoin has recently issued a statement addressing its operations and compliance in light of growing legal uncertainty in Spain.

In a blog post titled “Essential facts about Worldcoin,” published on March 18, the project provided key information about its practices, rules, and regulations.

Key highlights:

  • Worldcoin claims to operate lawfully in all locations where it is available.
  • The project complies with major global data protection frameworks, such as Europe’s GDPR and Argentina’s Personal Data Protection Act.
  • Minors are not allowed to join the platform.
  • World ID and World App are fully self-custodial, ensuring user privacy and control over personal information.

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Worldcoin stated in the blog post that it is committed to operating in complete compliance with all applicable laws and regulations related to data collection and data transfer.

The project referred to a more detailed post from January. The January bog outlined its adherence to major global data protection frameworks, such as Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Argentina’s Personal Data Protection Act.

Worldcoin stated that it doesn’t allow minors to join

Addressing concerns about user privacy, Worldcoin emphasized that it does not allow minors to join the platform.  Before verifying their identity at an Orb, each user is required to confirm within the World App that they are at least 18 years of age.

The Worldcoin Foundation also reassured users that it has never sold, does not sell, and will never sell any personal data, including biometric data.

Furthermore, Worldcoin highlighted the self-custodial nature of its World ID and World App. This means that no one but the owner would ever hold sensitive information. These include name, email address, phone number, or other personal data. 

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The blog post from Worldcoin was released during a period of continued uncertainty regarding the platform’s activities in Spain.

In early March, the Spanish Agency for the Protection of Data ordered Worldcoin to halt data collection and processing in the country. The country also issued a temporary ban on its operations.

Subsequently, a local court declined Worldcoin’s injunction against the data regulator, further complicating the project’s legal standing in Spain.

Vignesh Karunanidhi

Vignesh has been a seasoned professional in the crypto space since 2017. He has been writing for over 6 years and specializes in writing and editing various types of crypto content, including news articles, long-form pieces, and blog posts, all focused on sharing the beauty of blockchain and crypto.

Vignesh Karunanidhi
Milk Road Writer
Vignesh has been a seasoned professional in the crypto space since 2017. He has been writing for over 6 years and specializes in writing and editing various types of crypto content, including news articles, long-form pieces, and blog posts, all focused on sharing the beauty of blockchain and crypto.