Interior CS, Kithure Kindiki, has suspended registration for WorldCoin and any other organization attempting to engage Kenyans in similar activities.
The CS stated that the government is worried about Worldcoin, a company allegedly engaged in citizen registration by collecting eyeball/iris data.
“The Government is concerned by the ongoing activities of an organization calling itself ‘WORLD COIN,’ which is involved in registering citizens through collecting eyeball/iris data,” said Kindiki.
“Relevant security, financial services, and data protection agencies have commenced inquiries and investigations to establish the authenticity and legality of the aforesaid activities, the safety and protection of the data being harvested, and how the harvesters intend to use the data.”
Kindiki added that any person aiding or engaging in the Worldcoin activities will be dealt with as prescribed by law.
“Appropriate action will be taken on any natural or juristic person who furthers, aids, abets or otherwise engages in or is connected with the activities afore described,” he added.
Worldcoin registration was halted on Tuesday at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) due to safety concerns.
The order comes a few hours after ICT Eliud Owalo said the government had not yet banned the international firm since it had not infringed any laws.
In an interview with NTV, Owalo revealed that government officials closely monitored WorldCoin to learn more about the company and its data security practices.
Over 350,000 people have signed up for Worldcoin, hoping to get tokens worth Sh7,700 each.