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Worldcoin orb scans’ security source of concern in Kenya

A Member of Parliament in Kenya has expressed worries about the health effects of the infra-red light used by Worldcoin‘s eye-scanning orbs. This concern was raised during a government investigation into the cryptocurrency project.

Worldcoin was giving people digital coins in exchange for scanning their eyeballs. However, it was told to stop allowing Kenyan users to sign up last month because there were concerns about the privacy of their data.

MP Shakeel Shabir expressed his concerns when Health Minister Susan Nakhumicha attended the parliamentary committee meeting on Thursday.

Five people have sent me letters saying that they had a lot of pain after this medical test. “They had pain in their eyes,” he said.

Ms Nakhumicha explained that since the orb was not brought into Kenya specifically as a health device, its infra-red light has not been tested. She encouraged Kenyans who might be experiencing health problems to go to the doctor for help.

Kenyan experts will share the findings of their investigation on Worldcoin‘s orb next week.

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The Worldcoin Foundation said to the BBC that iris and facial scanning are safely used and recorded by private companies, health organizations, and governments all around the world. Worldcoin is just as safe as other cryptocurrencies.

Over two million people from across the globe have signed up with Worldcoin. We haven’t heard any reports of people getting sick from using the orb to prove they are human.

Tools For Humanity, the company that made the orb used by Worldcoin, has also posted a message on Twitter.
To say the device “meets the requirements of international industry standards”.

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