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Kenyan authorities have dropped their investigation into Worldcoin, the ambitious cryptocurrency project backed by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, clearing the way for the company to resume its operations in the country.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) confirmed in a June 14 letter that the Director of Public Prosecutions had closed the case with no further police action. The investigation had focused on allegations that Worldcoin illegally collected and transferred users’ personal data through its iris-scanning technology.

Worldcoin, developed by Tools for Humanity, offers users a digital ID in exchange for a biometric scan of their irises. This ID is intended to be used as part of a new global “identity and financial network.” The project was suspended in Kenya in August 2023 due to privacy concerns.

“We are grateful for the DCI’s fair investigation and for the Director of Public Prosecutions’ determination to close the matter,” stated Thomas Scott, Chief Legal Officer at Tools for Humanity. The company plans to restart user registration across Kenya in the near future.

Worldcoin claims to have already registered 5.7 million users in over 160 countries. The project’s resumption in Kenya marks a significant development for the company as it seeks to expand its reach and influence in the global cryptocurrency landscape.

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